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Wisconsin women's hockey: Blayre Turnbull named 2014-15 team captain

Forward Karley Sylvester and defenseman Katarina Zgraja will join Blayre Turnbull on the leadership team next season as alternate captains.

Hannah Foslien

The Wisconsin women's hockey team has appointed three seniors to form its leadership core for the 2014-15 season. Blayre Turnbull has been tabbed as team captain, while Katrina Zgraja and Karley Sylvester have been named alternate captains for the upcoming season.

Turnbull was an alternate captain for the Badgers last season, and finished the season as the team leader in assists with 22. Turnbull was also second in goals (18) and overall points (40) in 38 games.

The Stellarton, Nova Scotia, native set the school record for short-handed goals last year with five. She also made history after netting two tallies on the penalty kill in the third period of UW's 5-1 win at Minnesota State, becoming the second Badger to score two short-handed goals in a game and the first to complete the feat in a single period.

Sylvester registered the third best plus-minus (+19) on the team last season and notched nine goals and seven helpers. The left-handed shot has reached the 10-point mark in each of her three seasons wearing the Cardinal and White.

As a junior, Zgraja produced seven assists, 34 blocked shots and a +13 plus-minus. The Waterloo, Ontario, product returns carrying the second highest career plus-minus on the team with a +50 rating, trailing Brittany Ammerman's +65 mark.

Turnbull, Sylvester and Zgraja were all great choices to wear letters next year, but it was a bit of a surprise to see red-shirt senior Ammerman left out of the leadership team for next season. The River Vale, New Jersey native was a Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award top-10 finalist after leading the Badgers in goals and points as a junior.

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