Sr. | F | Orlando Park, Ill.
Jurynec's teammates elected him to wear the 'C'
Key Statistics: Jurynec
is not a player who will light up the scoreboard, even
going back to his junior hockey days in the North American
Hockey League. He had two goals as a freshman, four
as a sophomore and six as a junior. All of his 34 career
points, save for three assists, have come in league
play. Last season he posted six goals and nine assists,
tying for third on the team in goal-scoring, fourth
in points and fifth in helpers.
What He Does: Even though
he's not a gifted scorer, Jurynec’s knowledge
of the game makes him a natural to be on the ice in
important game situations. He is a premier penalty-killer,
a tough forechecker and prides
himself on his defensive ability. Jurynec plays rugged
but does not take stupid penalties.
The Bigger Picture: On a team which
has struggled for wins over the years, Jurynec is exactly
the type of motivating presence the Yellow Jackets need
to elevate play in practices and games. His hard work
and intensity has inspired his teammates, who made Jurynec
a unanimous choice as team captain.
AIC head coach Gary Wright on
Jurynec: "In all my years of coaching
he is easily in my top five of all players I’ve
coached in terms of overall commitment and intensity."