Press Release via Milwaukee Admirals:
Milwaukee, WI—The Milwaukee Admirals announced today that defenseman Joe Piskula has been selected as the team’s captain for the 2014-15 season. Piskula, a native of Antigo, WI and a University of Wisconsin alum, is entering his third season with the Ads and served as an Alternate Captain last season.
A veteran of over 480 games in the AHL and NHL, Piskula posted 23 points (3g-20a) in 73 games with the Ads last season. His +20 rating was best on the team and it made him just the second Admiral to finish the season +20 or better in the past 10 years.
Acquired from the Calgary organization on February 28, 2013, Piskula has scored four goals and added 23 assists in 96 career games with Milwaukee. He has played in 12 career NHL contests, including two with the Predators last season, and helped UW capture the 2006 NCAA Championship.
Forwards Mark Van Guilder and Colton Sissons will wear the “A” on their jerseys as the team’s alternate captains.
Piskula is coming off of a very strong pre-season camp in Nashville. He, along with Johan Alm, was in the final roster cut. At 30-years old Piskula appears to be playing his best hockey. He has 12 games of NHL experience and 466 games of playing experience at the AHL level. Last season he played 73 games for the Admirals and scored 23 points (3 goals, 20 assists) whilst being a +20 defender. He earned an NHL call-up in 2013-14 as well that saw him play in 2 games for the Predators.
In addition to the alternate captains Van Guilder and Sissons, head coach Dean Evason also cited that Triston Grant, Mike Liambas, and Austin Watson are also candidates to wear an “A” should players shuffle in an out of the lineup.
What do you think of the Admirals choice for captains? Happy to see a Sconnie as captain? What do you make of the selection of Sissons as an alternate captain?