Sr. | F | Vadnais Heights, Minn.
celebrated goals on 20 occasions last season, more than
any other player in Atlantic Hockey.
Statistics: Olsen led Atlantic Hockey in goals (20,
one better than Garrett Larson) and points (41, two better
than Jeff Dams) last season. He gave no indication he was
heading toward such heights during the first three months,
but he rebounded for a blistering second half. In 20 post-Christmas
games, Olsen registered 18 goals and 15 assists. He also was
incredibly efficient, scoring on better than 18 percent of
his shots throughout the year.
He Does: Like a UConn literature major, Olsen loves
reading. Hockey plays, that is. Not blessed with overwhelming
size (5-8, 180), Olsen uses his knowledge and experience as
much as anything to get himself into position to score. While
in the defensive zone, Olsen keeps one eye on the player with
the puck, waiting for him to make a mistake that he can take
the other way.
Bigger Picture: Olsen, who started at Division III
Augsburg (Minn.) College before transferring to UConn after
his freshman year, will serve as the Huskies' captain this
season. UConn won't be quite as young as they were with 15
or so freshmen last year, but Olsen, 24, will still be needed
to provide steady leadership as much as offense for the team.
"I'm not really that much of a vocal guy — assistant
captain Beau McLaughlin is more like that — but I'll
try to lead by example. If I'm scoring goals, that's leading
in some way."
on his red-hot second half of 2003-04: "I didn't
really change anything I do. About halfway through, Coach
put me on a line with Matt (Scherer) and (Chris) Uber and
that was just the right combo. We complemented each other
really well — it's hard to explain. I remember early
in the year, I hit four, five, six crossbars. But then I started
putting the puck in the net at Christmas and it snowballed
into some more confidence and it just got bigger from there."