Oct. 14, 2008
PROVIDENCE, RI - Brown senior Matt Vokes (Auburn, MA), and juniors Jordan Pietrus (Vermillion, ALB) and Aaron Volpatti (Revelstoke, BC) have been named assistant captains of the men's ice hockey team for the 2008-2009 season, announced by head coach Roger Grillo. They join junior captain Devin Timberlake (Port Alberni, BC) in helping to lead the Bears this season both on and off the ice.
Vokes has played in 82 career games and has been a valuable part of the front line since his freshman season. Last year, he played all three forward positions and finished with six points (3g, 3a) in 23 games. His best season to date was during his sophomore campaign when he finished fourth on the team in scoring with 18 points (10g, 8a) and second on the team with 10 goals. He also led Brown during the 2006-2007 season with three game-winning goals and was third on the team with six power-play goals. A two-time selection to the ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team, Vokes enters his senior season with 36 points (17g, 19a).
Pietrus is coming off a breakthrough year for the Bears, during which he played in 29 of 31 games and tallied eight points (6g, 2a) on the season. One of the top penalty-killers on the team, Pietrus also gained valuable time on the power-play, scoring one short-handed goal and one-power-play goal a year ago. A two-time selection to the ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team, Pietrus enters his junior season with 10 points (6g, 4a) in 46 career games.
Volpatti is a strong and hard-hitting forward who plays with an aggressive mentality and will continue to be a valuable part of the Bears' front line, especially during man-down situations. One of eight Bears to play in all 31 games last season, Volpatti finished the year with 10 points (4g, 6a), including the game-winning goal in Brown's victory over Colgate. A two-time selection to the ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team, Volpatti enters his junior season with 17 points (9g, 8a) in 54 career games.