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Sept. 17, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State men’s hockey senior forward JB Bittner will serve as team captain and junior defenseman Nate Guenin and junior forward Rod Pelley were named alternate captains for the 2004-05 season, head coach John Markell announced Thursday. The trio was selected by a vote of their teammates.

Bittner, from Pittsburgh, Pa., is entering his second year as team captain, while Aliquippa, Pa., native Guenin is in his second year as an alternate.

“JB was selected for the second year in a row and was a unanimous selection,” Markell said. “It’s out of respect for what he brings to the team both in the locker room and on the ice and to the program in general.

“Nate and Rod have the respect from their teammates as well. The team has put the job of leadership for the squad in their hands. To be a team captain a student-athlete has to be a quality person with strong character. The squad expects JB, Nate and Rod to lead them both on the ice and in the dressing room throughout this entire season.”

Bittner enters his senior season with 52 career points (27-25) in 118 games. He had a career-best 12 goals and 20 points last season, including a team-high six power-play and five game-winning goals. Guenin, who was limited to just 29 games last season because of injury, posted 2-15-17 totals as a sophomore while earning honorable mention All-Central Collegiate Hockey Association and CCHA All-Academic Team accolades. In his career, Guenin has recorded 28 points in 71 outings. Pelley, from Kitimat, British Columbia, was a 2004 CCHA Super Six All-Tournament Team selection and posted 22 points, including 10 goals and 12 assists, last season. He has played in 84 career games, with 18-15-33 totals.

The Buckeyes open the season at New Hampshire Oct. 9 in the first round of the Ice Breaker Tournament in Durham, N.H. Ohio State opens its home slate when it takes on CCHA rival Miami at 7:05 p.m. Oct. 21 in Value City Arena.