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Colorado College's Grant Cruikshank looks for an opening during the game against University of Minnesota Duluth at The Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. (Photo by Kelsey Brunner/The Gazette)

Cruikshank, Berardinelli to be CC’s co-captains

Colorado College announced its captains for the 2019-20 hockey season Wednesday, and Grant Cruikshank will be the first sophomore in program history to wear the “C,” along with senior Alex Berardinelli.

Cruikshank — son of decorated Olympic speedskater Bonnie Blair — missed just one game his freshman season. He was second in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference and tied for 15th in the country among freshmen with 11 goals. He came on particularly strong toward the end of the year, finding the net seven times after Feb. 1.

“Grant is a strong young leader through his work ethic on and off the ice,” coach Mike Haviland said in a team release.

The Tigers continue to spread the responsibility around — five players are set to wear letters, after four the previous two years. Senior forwards Nick Halloran and Chris Wilkie will serve as alternate captains, and junior Zach Berzolla will represent the blue line.

Of CC’s rising seniors — a group that shrank when starting goaltender Alex Leclerc opted to go pro early — Berardinelli was one of the few regular contributors in 2018-19. Wilkie and Halloran are both coming off injury-shortened seasons.

Colorado College forward Nick Olczyk leaves bench for broadcast booth

“He became more of a vocal leader this past season and is a guy that will hold himself and his teammates accountable through his daily effort and work,” Haviland said of Berardinelli.

ICYMI: Air Force releases schedule

Last week, Air Force announced it will play Notre Dame for the first time since 2006 to open the 2019-20 regular season on the road. The Falcons will then host Arizona State on Oct. 18-19. Both teams finished the season ranked in the USA Today poll.

Oct. 6 (Sun) 5:05 p.m. (all times local to site) vs Trinity Western University, USAFA (exhibition)

Oct. 11 (Fri) 7:35 p.m. at Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind.

Oct. 13 (Sun) 3:05 p.m. at Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind.

Oct. 18 (Fri) 7:05 p.m. vs. Arizona State, USAFA

Oct. 19 (Sat) 7:05 p.m. vs. Arizona State, USAFA

Oct. 24 (Thu) 7:05 p.m. vs. RIT, USAFA

Oct. 25 (Fri) 7:05 p.m. vs. RIT, USAFA

Nov. 1 (Fri) 6:05 p.m. at Sacred Heart, Bridgeport, Conn.

Nov. 2 (Sat) 1:05 p.m. at Sacred Heart, Bridgeport, Conn.

Nov. 8 (Fri) 7:05 p.m. vs. Bentley, USAFA

Nov. 9 (Sat) 7:05 p.m. vs. Bentley, USAFA

Nov. 22 (Fri) 7:05 p.m. at Robert Morris, Moon Township, Pa.

Nov. 23 (Sat) 7:05 p.m. at Robert Morris, Moon Township, Pa.

Nov. 29 (Fri) TBA at Niagara University, Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Nov. 30 (Sat) TBA at Niagara University, Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Dec. 6 (Fri) 7:05 p.m. vs. Holy Cross, USAFA

Dec. 7 (Sat) 5:05 p.m. vs. Holy Cross, USAFA

Jan. 3 (Fri) 7:05 p.m. vs. American International College, USAFA

Jan. 4 (Sat) 5:05 p.m. vs. American International College, USAFA

Jan. 10 (Fri) 7:05 p.m. at Army West, Point West Point, N.Y.

Jan. 11 (Sat) 7:05 p.m. at Army West, Point West Point, N.Y.

Jan. 17 (Fri) 7:05 p.m. vs. Niagara University, USAFA

Jan. 18 (Sat) 5:05 p.m. vs. Niagara University, USAFA

Jan. 24 (Fri) 7:05 p.m. at Holy Cross, Worcester, Mass.

Jan. 25 (Sat) 7:05 p.m. at Holy Cross, Worcester, Mass.

Jan. 31 (Fri) 7:05 p.m. vs. Sacred Heart, USAFA

Feb. 1 (Sat) 5:05 p.m. vs. Sacred Heart, USAFA

Feb. 7 (Fri) 7:35 p.m. at Canisius, Buffalo, N.Y.

Feb. 8 (Sat) 7:35 p.m. at Canisius, Buffalo, N.Y.

Feb. 14 (Fri) 7:35 p.m. at Colorado College, The Broadmoor World Arena

Feb. 17 (Mon) TBA vs. Colorado College, USAFA

Feb. 21 (Fri) 7:05 p.m. vs. Mercyhurst, USAFA

Feb. 22 (Sat) 5:05 p.m. vs Mercyhurst, USAFA

Feb. 28 (Fri) 7:05 p.m. at RIT, Rochester, N.Y.

Feb. 29 (Sat) 7:05 p.m. at RIT, Rochester, N.Y.

March 6-8 TBA vs. AHC First Round, TBA

March 13-15 TBA vs. AHC Quarterfinals, TBA

March 20-21 TBA vs AHC Final Four Buffalo, N.Y.

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