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Spencer Meier joins elite SCSU company as Huskies name their captains

Forwards Jami Krannila, Micah Miller and Aidan Spellacy will serve as alternate captains

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St. Cloud State defenseman Spencer Meier (9) takes the puck past Western Michigan defenseman Drew Warrad (13) during the first period Friday, Feb. 11, 2022, at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud. Meier has been named the team's captain for the third straight season.
Jason Wachter / The Rink Live

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Spencer Meier is joining some elite company for the St. Cloud State men's hockey team.

Meier, a fifth-year senior defenseman from Sartell, Minn., has been named the Huskies' captain for the third straight season. Meier joins Jimmy Schuldt as the SCSU players to wear the 'C' for three straight seasons. Schuldt was the team's captain from 2016-2019.

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Meier had career-bests in goals (5), assists (13), points (18) and power-play goals (4) last season when the Huskies reached the NCAA Division I tournament and finished 18-15-4.

The Huskies also named three alternate captains in forwards Jami Krannila, Micah Miller and Aidan Spellacy.

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Krannila, a senior from Nokia, Finland, had career-bests in goals (15), assists (15), points (30), power-play goals (5) and game-winning goals (3) in 37 games last season. In 102 career college games, Krannila has 31 goals, 67 points, seven power-play goals, five game-winning goals and is a plus-10.

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Miller has been helping his team's goalies get extra work in twice a week. Senior from Grand Rapids, Minn., leads the nation in short-handed goals, leads the Huskies in plus/minus (plus-18) and has tied his college career best in goals in a season with seven.

Miller, a fifth-year senior from Grand Rapids, Minn., had career-bests in goals (10), points (19) and short-handed goals (4) and led the team in plus/minus (plus-18) in 37 games last season. He led NCAA Division I in short-handed goals last season. In 130 career college games, Miller has 24 goals, 54 points and is a plus-29.

Both will be fifth-year players next season for the Huskies. Spellacy joined the Huskies this season after 3 seasons at Robert Morris University. Miller has spent the last 4 seasons with the Huskies.

Spellacy, a fifth-year senior from Lakewood, Ohio, played in 19 games last season, his first with the Huskies after transferring from Robert Morris University. In 110 career college games, he has 16 goals and 34 points.

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Mick Hatten is a reporter and editor for Forum News Service and helps manage TheRinkLive.com, a website dedicated to hockey. He began working for Forum Communications in November 2018 and has covered St. Cloud State University hockey since 2010. A graduate of St. Cloud State, he has more than 30 years of experience as a journalist and has been a youth hockey coach since 2014. mhatten@forumcomm.com
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