Erik Haula Named An Alternate Captain At The University of Minnesota

(This article was originally posted on SB Nation Minnesota but since it involves the Wild and I wrote it, figured there were some who would want to see it that don't visit SBN MN. Although you should...)

Win or lose, Erik Haula has an "A" to join the "M" on the front of his #19 jersey.

The junior forward was named an alternate captain for the rest of the 2012-2013 season before Friday's game against Vermont by head coach Don Lucia. It's an honor for Haula, who currently leads the Gophers with 14 points.

"It means a lot. I've kind of waited for the opportunity the whole year and I finally got it," Erik told Fox Sports North in Burlington prior to the game. "I'm so excited and so proud about it."

Although he has been the team's top returning scorer the last two seasons, the Pori, Finland native did have an issue in the off-season where he was cited for disorderly conduct. However, he has done enough through the first two months of the season both on and off the ice where Lucia felt that the junior deserved the honor.

Haula joins Nick Bjugstad (Florida Panthers) and Seth Helgeson (New Jersey Devils) as alternates alongside redshirt junior captain Zach Budish (Nashville Predators). He was a seventh round pick of the Minnesota Wild in 2009 and is currently ranked the 13th-best Wild prospect by First Round Bust.

Photo credit: Craig Cotner

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