ORONO, Maine -- Preparations for the 2014-15 University of Maine men's ice hockey season began on Monday with the selection of captains. Devin Shore (Ajax, Ontario) was selected as the captain, while Stu Higgins (Troy, Mich.) and Jake Rutt (Scarborough, Maine) were chosen as alternate or assistant captains.
Shore, as a sophomore this past season, wore an A for the Black Bears. He has played in all 73 games the past two years and has 20 goals and 49 assists for 69 points. This past season he led the team in scoring with 14 goals and 29 assists for 43 points. He had three power play goals, three short-handed goals and a pair of game-winners. He currently ranks tied for fourth in the nation in short-handed goals, 11th in the country, averaging .83 assists per game and tied for 13th in the nation, averaging 1.23 points per game. Shore tallied at least one point in 25 of Maine's 35 games this season. He had 11 multi-point games, including a career-high five points on a goal and four assists against AIC on Dec. 13. He also had a goal and three assists in Maine's 4-2 win over New Hampshire on Jan. 25.
Higgins, who will be a senior next year, has played in 95 career games for the Black Bears, scoring 10 goals and 12 assists for 22 points. He played in 20 games for Black Bears this year and scored six goals and dished out four assists for 10 points, before seeing his season come to an end during the middle of January. He scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner, in Maine's game against Bentley early in the season. Higgins also plays a strong role on Maine's penalty killing unit.
Rutt, who will also be a senior next year, saw action in 33 games for the Black Bears this past year. He scored a goal and dished out six assists for the Black Bears. He has played in 82 games on defense the past three years with five goals and 16 assists for 21 points. At 6-2, 210, Rutt is a physical defenseman for the Black Bears who also sees time on the penalty kill.