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Former Elk River player commits to UMD

Nick McCormack, a former blue line standout at Elk River High School, committed to the Minnesota Duluth men’s hockey team Monday.

The 2012 Elk River graduate played one season for the Minnesota Wilderness of the Superior International Junior Hockey League before heading north of the border to play for the Brooks Bandits of the Alberta Junior Hockey League this past winter. There, McCormack totaled 12 goals and 27 assists in 59 games.

The defender, who played three prep seasons for the Elks, announced his commitment on Twitter.

Krause named UMD captain for 2014-15

After being Minnesota Duluth’s first non-senior captain in almost a decade during his junior campaign, Adam Krause once again will wear the “C” as a senior.

Krause, a forward from Hermantown, also was named the Bulldogs’ Most Inspirational Player and the winner of the Bulldog Community Service Award, the team announced Monday.

Krause shared team captain duties this past winter with Joe Basaraba.

Assistant captains for 2014-15 are winger Justin Crandall, who will be a senior, and defenseman Andy Welinski, who will be a junior. Welinski is a former Duluth East greyhound.

Other award winners announced by UMD on Monday include Most Valuable Player (goalie Aaron Crandall); Rookie of the Year (winger Alex Iafallo); and Most Improved Player (defenseman Dan Molenaar).

College football

UMD names five captains

Minnesota Duluth on Monday named its five football captains for the 2014 season, and all five are seniors.

They include offensive guard Andrew Muer, wide receiver and return specialist Aaron Roth, linebacker Gavin Grady, linebacker Yusef Hassan and defensive end Jacob Brusehaver.

Muer was a staple on an offensive line that helped the Bulldogs produce the nation’s ninth-best rushing offense last fall. The two-year starter from Perham, Minn., was named to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North Division first team as a junior and also earned All-American second-team honors from Beyond Sports Network.

Roth, from Plymouth, Minn., is set to become UMD’s first two-time captain since quarterback Ted Schlafke in 2008. He caught 39 passes for 356 yards and two TDs during his junior campaign, while also leading the Bulldogs in both punt and kickoff returns. Roth will enter his final college season ranking eighth on the program’s list for career receptions with 107.

Grady ranked fourth on the team with 50 tackles last fall, when the Minnetonka, Minn., product broke into the starting lineup for the first time. Brusehaver, from Hutchinson, Minn., had 15 tackles and two sacks before missing the final three games with an upper body injury, and Hassan, out of Burnsville, Minn., took control of UMD’s short-snapper duties and also offered backup support at linebacker.

The Bulldogs open the 2014 season with a Sept. 6 home game against Concordia-St. Paul.