The Notre Dame Fighting Irish hockey team today announced their captain and alternate captains for the 2020-21 season in a series of tweets. Nate Clurman was named captain for the upcoming season, the 73rd captain in Notre Dame history.
Clurman is a junior defenseman from Boulder, Colorado. Clurman had 9 points last season as a sophomore, all assists, and was second on the team with a +8 rating. He was also named a member of the Academic All Big Ten Team. Before joining the Irish Clurman spent two seasons playing in the USHL. He was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the sixth round, 161st overall, of the 2016 NHL Draft.
The three alternate captains named today are Pierce Crawford, Matt Hellickson, and Colin Theisen.
Crawford, a senior forward from Park Ridge, Illinois, scored three points last season in 37 games as a junior. He was named a member of the Academic All Big Ten Team in both 2018-19 and 2019-20. Crawford played one season each in both the NAHL and USHL before coming to Notre Dame.
Hellickson is a senior defenseman from Rogers, Minnesota. He scored five goals and eleven assists in 37 games last season as a junior. He was second on the team in goals by a defenseman but led in game winning goals with three. His 81 blocked shots were good for 4th in the NCAA. He too was named to the Academic All Big Ten Team in both 2018-19 and 2019-20 and was an honorable mention All Big Ten Team last season. Hellickson was drafted in the seventh round of the 2017 NHL Draft by the New Jersey Devils, 214th overall and spent one season in the USHL before joining Notre Dame.
Theisen, a forward from Monroe, Michigan, is another senior. He scored eight goals and twelve assists last season in 37 games for a +4 rating. Theisen is also a two time Academic All Big Ten Team member and was named Notre Dame’s Rookie of the Year in 2017-18. He spent two seasons in the USHL before joining Notre Dame.
One other piece of news came out of Notre Dame’s hockey world in the past few days that is worth sharing. Check out these pads for senior goaltender Nick Sanford. Can’t wait to see those in action!