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Penn State Men’s Hockey Names 2023-2024 Team Captains

Xander Lamppa, Christian Sarlo, and Christian Berger were named the Penn State men’s hockey team captains for the 2023-2024 season, the team announced Monday.

The announcement comes ahead of the Nittany Lions’ season opener against LIU at 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 7, in East Meadow, New York.

Lamppa, a senior forward, has a career total of nine goals and 20 assists in his first three years as a Nittany Lion. The Rochester, Minnesota, native is third on the team for face-off winning percentage, possessing 54.1% of his draws.

He also tallied a career-high in all offensive categories his past season, including 19 points on six goals and 13 assists.

With back-to-back Big Ten Distinguished Scholar accolades, Sarlo has a career total of 40 points, tallying 17 goals and 23 assists. He has been a consistent player for the past three years and appeared in 97 games across his career.

Sarlo scored the game-winning goal against Notre Dame in the 2022-2023 season along with a goal in the Nittany Lions’ win against No. 1 Michigan.

Berger played in every game for Penn State this past season as a junior, earning an Allentown Regional All-Tournament Team accolades during the team’s path to the Frozen Four.

He’s also been recognized off the ice for his academics with back-to-back Big Ten Distinguished Scholar honors and was named an Academic All-Big Ten honoree. The only defenseman of the captains, Berger had a team-high of 27 blocked shots in the 2022-23 season.

Under head coach Guy Gadowsky, the Nittany Lions will aim to improve upon their 26-16-1 overall record and 10-13-1 conference season. Then-No. 2 Penn State’s postseason run ended in a heartbreaking overtime loss to No. 1 Michigan, closing its season at the NCAA Regional Final.

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