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Team: Madison Capitols
Head Coach: Garrett Suter, 2nd season
“We are ready to have the players back in Madison, and get back on the ice. We have a lot of players returning from last season, and are excited to have the new guys in town. We will be a competitive team and can’t wait to get started!”
2016-17 Record: 23-32-1-4 (51 PTS, 7th in Western Conference)Top Returners: Anthony Callin, Vincent de Mey, Verners Egle, Dryden McKay, Mick Messner, Ryan O’Reilly, Kamil Sadlocha
Notable Additions: Cale List, Isaiah Saville
After an up-and-down season in 2016-17, the Capitols welcome back several players from last year’s squad who are poised to make the jump and take the so-called “next step” as they try to lead the Capitols to the Clark Cup Playoffs for the first time since joining the league prior to the 2014-15 season.
Madison welcomes back 16 players who played for the team last season, including forwards Alec Broetzman, Vincent de Mey, Verners Egle, Mick Messner, Ryan O’Reilly, Kamil Sadlocha and Noah Weber. Messner, a Madison native and University of Wisconsin commit, led all Capitols forwards in scoring last season with 31 PTS (13G, 18A) in 55 games. de Mey, Egle, Sadlocha and Weber also put up double-digit scoring total and will look for their point totals to increase this season. O’Reilly is also poised to make a big impact in his first full USHL season, as he is coming off a 31-point campaign (23G, 8A) in 26 games with the Dallas Stars Elite program.
Cale List will be a fresh face in a Capitols uniform this season after splitting last year between the Dubuque Fighting Saints (29 games) and the NAHL’s Coulee Region Chill (27 games). The Ontario native was selected in the sixth round, 90th overall by Madison in the 2017 USHL Phase II Draft and will aim to be a veteran leader in the locker room.
In goal, Minnesota State commit Dryden McKay will look to build on his solid 2016-17 campaign, a year in which he put up a 2.70 GAA and .917 SV% in 39 appearances. This will be the Downers Grove, IL native’s fourth season of junior hockey between the USHL and NAHL, and he is poised to finish the season as one of the top goaltenders in the league.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 16th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2017-18. 30 or more players from the USHL have been selected in five consecutive NHL Drafts, and more than 400 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.