The Penn State Icers enter the 2008-2009 with two goals in mind. First, to erase the disappointment of last season's early exit from the National Tournament and secondly, to return the Murdoch Cup to Happy Valley.
This Icers squad is one of the deepest in recent years, with 13 seniors on the roster.
Seven freshmen have made the roster for the upcoming season. Several of them are expected to have an immediate impact. However, from talking to the players, it is evident that everyone is going to battling for ice time.
Head Coach Scott Balboni and new assistant, and former Icers captain, Bill Downey will use the early schedule to sort out line combinations and defensive pairings.
Goaltending wins championships, and the Icers are three deep in net. Senior Nick Signet is expected to lead the way, but Ted Hume is coming off an outstanding freshman season and John Jay hopes to impress the coaches after playing well in his limited appearances last season.
Leadership is solid on the veteran team, led by captain Frank Berry and assistant captains Kyle Mills, Luke DeLorenzo and John Conte.
Berry says it will an interesting year, adding that the leadership is more than just one player or the players with the letter on their chest.
The captain says "it's a collective group" of leaders in the senior class.