SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Swarm recently announced that second-year transition player Andrew Suitor will serve as the Swarm’s team captain for the 2012 season.
Suitor, 22, was selected to the All-Rookie team last year after he recorded 10 points (5g, 5a) and a team-high 108 loose balls in 13 games. Minnesota drafted the Orangeville, Ontario native in the first round (fourth overall) of the 2010 NLL Entry Draft.
“A lot of thought went into deciding our team captain, as we took a look at what characteristics we wanted to see embodied in all of our players,” Associate General Manager Joe Sullivan said. “Andrew possessed those traits we were looking for. He's relentless, he doesn’t quit and he’s such a hard working guy. He really does put the Swarm before himself each and every game and that’s evident by how hard he battles out on the floor. He’s well spoken, knows the game and does a good job communicating with referees.”
In his first career playoff game in 2011, Suitor collected a game-high 19 loose balls and scored a goal in the Swarm’s 14-8 first round defeat to the Washington Stealth. During the regular season, he also earned Rookie of the Week honors in Week #13 after he notched a career-high four goals to go along with eight loose balls in Minnesota’s 13-8 playoff clinching victory against Calgary.
Suitor was named the Swarm’s team captain last Friday, one day prior to the team's season opener against Colorado. He went on to collect a game-high 13 loose balls and scored a goal in Saturday night’s contest at Pepsi Center.
“It’s an absolute honor to be named the team captain,” Suitor said. “To be on such a great team and then to mix that in with the emotions of our first game, it was very exciting.”
Sullivan said that the Swarm’s assistant captains will rotate on a game-to-game basis in 2012.
“We’re going to give everybody the opportunity to step up and show leadership,” he said. “This is one way to reward people for doing all of the little things that we need to have done. There’s so many guys on our club who have experience as a captain, assistant captain or that have won championships.”
Defenseman Jeff Gilbert and F Ryan Benesch served as the team’s assistant captains against Colorado. Sullivan said D Mitch Belisle and F Callum Crawford have been named the Swarm’s assistant captains for the home opener on Jan. 28 vs. Buffalo. Transition player Andrew Watt and F Kevin Ross will serve in the role during the team’s road game in Rochester on Feb. 4. The Swarm will announce the names of its assistant captains for future games at a later date.
“We named the assistant captains for the first three games based on leadership shown in our training camp,” Sullivan said. “These veterans have all provided great leadership as we’ve integrated new players as well as a new system this season. As a result, they’ve earned assistant captain status.”
Minnesota hosts the Buffalo Bandits on Treasure Island Field at Xcel Energy Center for its home opener on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. CT. The Swarm will celebrate Native American Heritage Night, which is sponsored by Treasure Island Resort & Casino, and will recognize local tribal communities as well as feature a traditional lacrosse match during halftime.
Tickets start as low as $20 and can be purchased by calling 1-888-MN-SWARM or visiting mnswarm.com. Swarm fans looking to lock up season tickets in 2012 can take advantage of a Buy 2 Get 2 at 50% offer. By purchasing two season tickets at full price, fans can add an additional two tickets for half the cost.