OXFORD, Ohio - With hockey season just a few weeks away, the RedHawks have tabbed their leader for the 2012-13 campaign as head coach Enrico Blasi announced Wednesday that senior defenseman Steven Spinell will serve as team captain.
Spinell (Vernon Hills, Ill.) will be the team's only captain after Miami had tri-captains last year when Alden Hirschfeld and Will Weber, who graduated, and Reilly Smith, who turned pro after his junior year, made up Miami's leadership core.
Spinell joins an elite club of Miami captains that includes greats Gary DeLonge (1978-79), Steve Morris (1981-83), Brian Savage (1991-93), Blasi (1992-94), Kevyn Adams (1995-96), Dan Boyle (1997-98), Derek Edwardson (2002-04), Andy Greene (2004-06), Ryan Jones (2006-08), Tommy Wingels (2009-10) and Carter Camper (2010-11) among many others. In all, Spinell is the 76th Miami player to have a "C" or "A" adorned on his jersey.
The durable blueliner was one of just three RedHawks to play in all 41 games last season and showed his toughness by leading the team with 70 blocks shots in 2011-12. Spinell earned the Mitch Korn Outstanding Defensive Player Award at Miami's annual banquet last year. He tallied a career-high 11 assists last year and also added a goal at Northern Michigan Dec. 2. Spinell was fourth on the team with 59 penalty minutes off of 24 penalties but posted a +17 rating on the ice.
For his career, Spinell has played in 109 games over three seasons, missing just two over the last two seasons. He has three career goals and 20 career helpers while posting a +47 rating, which is tops among active RedHawks. He has been whistled for 76 penalties in his career for 174 penalty minutes and has blocked 116 shots in his three years at Miami, also the most of anybody on the team.
Spinell and the RedHawks will officially hold their first team practice Saturday, Oct. 6 before facing Western Ontario in an exhibition game Sunday, Oct. 7 at 4 p.m. at Steve Cady Arena.