Men’s Hockey: Amonte, Farrance, Kotkansalo named assistant captains for 2020-21 season

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LEFT: Kasper Kotkansalo defends against Northeastern on Dec. 7, 2019, at Agganis Arena. Photo by Hannah Yoshinaga. CENTER: Ty Amonte skates during the 2019 Beanpot semifinals against Northeastern at TD Garden. Photo by Emily Hunter. RIGHT: David Farrance skates with the puck against Northern Michigan at Agganis Arena on Oct. 19, 2019. Photo by Gabi Turi.

Boston University head coach Albie O’Connell announced on Saturday afternoon that rising senior defenseman David Farrance, rising senior d-man Kasper Kotkansalo, and rising redshirt junior forward Ty Amonte will serve as assistant captains for the 2020-21 season. Rising senior forward Logan Cockerill was named captain on March 30th.

“This is a well-deserved honor for these three as they have earned the opportunity to help lead our team with Logan next season,” O’Connell said in a team statement. “I really like the mix of personalities in this group and the common denominator is that they all bleed scarlet and are committed to winning. They will add a lot to our leadership group.

Farrance finished as a top 10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, annually given to the nation’s top player, after leading all Division I defensemen in scoring for the 2019-20 season with 43 points (14g, 29a) in just 34 games. In 102 career contests with the Terriers, the Victor, N.Y. native has 21-51-72 totals

The 92nd overall pick to the Nashville Predators in the third round of the 2017 National Hockey League Entry Draft, Farrance announced on Thursday that he would remain at BU for his senior year rather than turning pro with the Preds.

Kotkansalo has two goals and 23 assists for 25 points in 112 games over his three years with the Terriers as he is yet to miss a game. The Espoo, Finland, native is a prospect in the Detroit Red Wings’ system as he was selected 71st overall in the third round of the 2017 draft. Kotkansalo led the Terriers in blocked shots this season with 50, making for 171 on his career.

Amonte missed the entirety of the 2019-20 campaign after suffering an upper-body injury during the ’18-19 season. The Norwell, Mass. native has 14-11-25 totals in 73 games as a Terrier, with his most productive season coming during his freshman year (8g, 8a).

O’Connell said he feels the new leadership group will continue to build on the culture that captain Patrick Curry as well as assistant captains Patrick Harper and Cam Crotty helped establish this past season.

“A team-first and winning-first mentality that we will need to be consistent and reach our potential. I’m proud of how all four of these guys have grown and matured over the past three years and I’m looking forward to having them lead this squad.”

Author: Patrick Donnelly

Patrick is a junior majoring in journalism and minoring in public relations at Boston University’s College of Communication. Patrick is a co-director and the hockey editor at WTBU Sports. He aims to cover the NHL and the Boston Bruins for a living and to become a hockey insider. From Lynn, Massachusetts, Patrick is a graduate of Malden Catholic High School (’18) and is a huge Boston sports fan, avid golfer, and hockey fanatic. His favorite teams and athletes include, the Bruins, the New England Patriots, Tiger Woods, and Mark Scheifele. Co-host of the podcast, The Duck Boat Report, at WTBU Sports, and writer for Black ‘N Gold Hockey. He writes columns on the PGA, Bruins, and NHL for WTBU Sports. Patrick is also a Francis Ouimet Scholar. Find his author page at WTBU Sports, follow him on Twitter @PatDonn12, and check out his portfolio (patrickdonnellyportfolio.wordpress.com).

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