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Oct. 3, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Seniors Sean Duddy and Cory Schneider will serve as team captains for the 2011-12 edition of the Ohio State men’s hockey team. The duo was chosen in a vote by their teammates.

“Both Cory and Sean represent what we’re looking for in our players,” Mark Osiecki, Ohio State head coach, said. “They are culture kids who conduct themselves appropriately at all times and are great academically. Within hockey , they are hard workers who lead by example in the weight room, practice and games.”

Duddy, a defenseman from Ann Arbor, Mich., will be wearing a `C’ for the second-consecutive year. He is the 12th Buckeye to be a two-time captain after he was one of four captains (the only non-senior) a year ago. He has played in 89 games, including all 37 a year ago, and has 10 points, including nine assists, and a +10 rating. Duddy is a two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten choice and a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.

Rochester, N.Y., native Schneider, has played in 77 games as a forward for the Buckeyes. He has 17 points, including a career-best 11 last season while playing in a career-high 37 games. The team’s Most Improved Player award winner for 2010-11, he is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten choice and a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.

The Buckeyes open the regular season with two games against Quinnipiac this weekend. The teams will meet at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Value City Arena. Both games will be streamed on Buckeye Vision on OhioStateBuckeyes.com, with live stats also available. A radio broadcast will be available for the Friday contest on 1460 AM in Columbus and on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.