PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In preparation for the 2012-13 season, head coach Amy Bourbeau has announced the captains of the Brown Women's Ice Hockey team. As it was last season, two senior student-athletes will have the "C" sewn on their sweater as Laurie Jolin (Lachine, Quebec) and Alena Polenska (Kutna Hora, Czech Republic) will proudly wear the emblem next year as Bruno looks to improve on one of its best seasons since 2006.
Polenska, who has experience as a captain, most recently led the Czech Republic National Team to a gold medal at the IIHF World Championships. A dynamic scorer and skilled passer, she led the team in points as a sophomore while finishing third on the team this past season, despite missing eight games to train with her national team.
"Czechy (Polenska) is a natural leader. She has incredible skill on the ice individually, while still having the ability to make everyone around her better," said Bourbeau. "She is well respected by her teammates because she is passionate about the game and incredibly humble. When Czechy speaks everyone listens."
Transitioning to a new system under first-year head coach Bourbeau, Jolin took on a new position in a different scheme, sacrificing scoring punch for the good of the team. In Jolin's first two seasons as a center with Brown she was the Bears point leader. She has tallied double-digit goal points in each of her first three seasons with Brown.
"Jolin is the epitome of a leader by example. She is extremely hard working and has a great attitude. She is quiet, yet very competitive," stated Bourbeau. "She is also a good role model as a student-athlete. On the ice Jolin is probably our best two-way player as a center-back. She does all the little things well."