Oct. 5, 2005
Notre Dame, Ind. – Notre Dame hockey coach Jeff Jackson has announced his team captains for the 2005-06 season. Junior right wing T.J. Jindra (Faribault, Minn.) will serve as the team’s captain for the upcoming campaign and will be joined by seniors Mike Walsh (Northville, Mich.) and Chris Trick (Troy, Mich.) and junior Jason Paige (Saginaw, Mich.) as alternate captains. Jindra becomes the first junior selected team captain since Evan Nielsen `03 was selected as a junior and the 13th junior in the program’s 38-year history.
In making the announcement, Jackson said, “Taylor (Jindra) is the one guy that the upperclassmen point to as the heartbeat of the team. He does everything the right way when it comes to playing the game. He’s willing to pay the price, put his face in front of a puck to block a shot, whatever it takes to win a game. You can’t underestimate that when it comes to choosing a leader.”
“All of our captains will have specific responsibilities,” added Jackson.
“With Mike (Walsh) and Chris (Trick), we have two conscientious young men who care about the program. They will work with associate head coach Paul Pooley on relationships with the students and in the local community. Jason (Paige) is a verbal leader. He’s a team guy who sets an example. He’ll work on off-ice activities that will bring the team closer together. It’s also important that all of our upperclassmen realize that they all share a responsibility to step up and serve as leaders in the locker room.”
Senior Mike Walsh will serve his second season as one of Notre Dame’s alternate captains.
Jindra comes into his junior year with the Irish recognized as one of the team’s top defensive forwards. During his first two seasons, he has played in 77 consecutive games with eight goals and 11 assists for 19 points. Among his eight goals are three short-handed tallies and four game-winning goals. In 2004-05, Jindra had four goals and five assists with one short-handed goal and a pair of game-winners. As a freshman, he teamed with Paige and Michael Bartlett (Jr., Morton Grove, Ill.) to give the Irish one of the top penalty-killing units in the nation as they surrendered just 22 power-play goals on the way to setting an Irish Division I penalty-killing mark with an .876 success rate, giving up just 22 goals on 174 chances.
Walsh will be in his second season as alternate captain. The big, left wing had two goals and eight assists for 10 points last season and will look to find his 2003-04 scoring touch when he had 12 goals and 13 assists for 25 points. In 98 career games, the 6-2, 221-pound forward has 15 goals and 22 assists for 37 points. He’s scored three power-play goals and owns five game-winning goals in his career.
Senior defenseman Chris Trick joins Mike Walsh and Jason Paige as Notre Dame’s alternate captains in 2005-06.
Trick came into his own last season on defense, becoming one of Notre Dame’s most reliable defensemen. In 37 games, the veteran defenseman had career highs in goals (3), assists (6) and points (9). In 95 career games, he’s scored four goals and added 10 assists for 14 points and has a +5 for his career. Off the ice, he’s been involved in many of the team’s community service projects and is a member of Notre Dame’s academic honors program.
Paige joins Walsh in his second season as one of the alternate captains for the Irish. A tough, tenacious player on the ice, he’s excelled on special teams throughout his Notre Dame. As a sophomore, Paige played in 37 games with four goals and three assists for seven points. Three of his goals came on the power play and the fourth was short-handed with a game winner among the four. In 76 career games, Paige has 14 goals and nine assists for 23 points. Included in those totals are seven power-play goals, one short-handed goal and four game winners. He joins Trick as a member of Notre Dame’s academic honors program.
Junior center Jason Paige will serves as one of Notre Dame’s three alternate captains for the second season in a row.
The new Irish captains will get their first game action of the 2005-06 season on Saturday, Oct. 8 in the annual Blue-Gold game that will be played at the Joyce Center. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m.