Neal Pionk (left) and Joe Snively will serve as captain and assistant captain for the Muskies next season.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
It's been a very busy week for the Musketeers. Sioux City's season ended in the playoffs on Sunday, the USHL Draft was Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday they named their captains for next season, something that's usually done right before the season begins.
Head coach Jay Varady named defenseman Neal Pionk as the captain for next season. He's an 18-year old Minnesota-Duluth recruit who is just finishing his senior year at Bishop Heelan.
Joe Snively, a Yale recruit, who's a senior at East High, will be an assistant captain along with forward Adam Johnson, another Duluth recruit.
"It's just the relationship that you have through the coach and then the relationship you have with the team," said Pionk. "You have to be the median between the players and the coach and I think that's very important to a team."
"I'm excited for the chance to be a leader on the next team and be a captain" said Snively. "One of the decisions I made to come back and play for the Musketeers for another year was to be a leader and experience being a captain, to gain those qualities."
Varady saw no reason to wait in naming the captains.
"They're the true Musketeers of the group," said Varady. "There's nobody who's going to come in through the draft or through the affiliate list that's going to understand what the expectations are around here than these three guys."
The Musketeers made it to round two of the USHL playoffs this past season, losing to Waterloo in the Western Conference finals.
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