Caps’ Godbout Commits to Sacred Heart University

MADISON, WI (Madison Capitols) — The Madison Capitols, a member of the United States Hockey League, announce forward Marcel Godbout has committed to Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Godbout, 20, joined the Capitols midway through the 2015-16 season when he was traded from the Chicago Steel to Madison for forward Haralds Egle on January 7, 2016. He dressed for 31 games with the Capitols and recorded 18 points (11-7=18) and 26 penalty minutes in Madison. Godbout also collected 16 points (11-5=16) and 35 penalty minutes in 31 games with the Steel last season. The St. Clair Shores, Michigan native potted two goals and an assist in three exhibition games, and he scored his first goal of the season in the season opener against the Green Bay Gamblers on Friday, September 23.

“It is a huge honor to commit to Sacred Heart,” explained Godbout. “I feel that the hockey program is on the rise and I’m looking forward to being apart of that.”

The 5-foot-9, 183-pound forward will start his college career with the Sacred Heart Pioneers during the 2017-18 season.

“I’m very excited for Marcel on his commitment to attend and play hockey for Sacred Heart next season,” said Capitols’ Head Coach and General Manager Garrett Suter. “He’s a good kid and is going to be a big part of our team’s success this year. Since I’ve come in, he’s been a leader and a big voice in the locker room. I’m looking forward to coaching him this year and watching him next season at school.”

Fans can join Godbout and the rest of the Capitols for the 2016-17 season! The Capitols will drop the puck on their third season at Veterans Memorial Coliseum with their Home Opener, presented by Alliant Energy, against the Gamblers on Friday, October 14. The first 500 fans will receive a rally towel, courtesy of Alliant Energy. Season tickets, 10-Game Pick ‘Em packages, Flex Packs, and Group tickets are now available! For more information, call the Capitols at (608) 257-CAPS, or visit www.MADCAPSHOCKEY.com

Captiols announce 2016-17 roster

Madison Capitols press release:

MADISON, WI – The Madison Capitols, a member of the United States Hockey League, announced their roster for the 2016-17 season on Thursday.

The Capitols team consists of 10 returning players from the 2015-16 season: forwards Alec Broetzman, Eugene Fadyeyev, Marcel Godbout, Mick Messner, Marshall Moise, Eetu Selanne, and Billy Jerry, defensemen Robby Fosdick and Cole Hults, and goaltender Daniel Lebedeff.

Joining Madison for their first season are forwards Anthony Callin, Vincent de Mey, Verners Egle, Kasey Fitzjerrells, Kevin O’Neil, Simon Sagissor, Kamil Sadlocha, and Noah Weber, defensemen Nick Austin, Ryan Carlson, Philip Nyberg, Austin Redders, and Andong Song, and goaltender Dryden McKay.

“We are ready to drop the puck in Green Bay on Friday and get the season started,” said Capitols Head Coach and General Manager Garrett Suter. “The guys have been working hard in practice and are ready to compete.”

Of the 24 players on the Capitols roster, there are 17 players who were drafted by Madison over the last three seasons. The Capitols have five players who were drafted in the 2014 USHL Draft, five players from the 2015 USHL Draft, and seven players from the 2016 USHL Draft.

Weber is currently on the Capitols’ injured list.

Madison kicks off the 2016-17 season with a trip north to play their in-state rivals, the Green Bay Gamblers at 7:05 p.m. on Friday, September 23, 2016. Again this season, the two teams will be competing for the coveted Wisconsin Cheese Cup, presented by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, The Mousehouse Cheesehaus and Emmi Roth. The team with the best head-to-head record will win the trophy. The Capitols are two-time reigning champions of the Wisconsin Cheese Cup.

Fans can join the Madison Capitols for the 2016-17 season! The Capitols will drop the puck on their third season at Veterans Memorial Coliseum with their Home Opener, presented by Alliant Energy, against the Gamblers on Friday, October 14. Season tickets, 10-Game Pick ‘Em packages, Flex Packs, and Group tickets are now available! For more information, call the Capitols at (608) 257-CAPS, or visit www.MADCAPSHOCKEY.com.

Madison Capitols unveil 2016-17 schedule

MADISON, WI – The Madison Capitols, a member of the United States Hockey League, will open the 2016-17 season with a four-game road trip before they return home for their Home Opener when they host the Green Bay Gamblers in second game of the nine-game Cheese Cup Series at 7:05 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center on Friday, October 14, Capitols President Bob Gazich announced on Wednesday.

The Capitols will open their third USHL season with four road games starting with a game at 7:05 p.m. against the Gamblers at the Resch Center on Friday, September 23.  The Capitols will then travel to the Ralston Arena for a single game against the Omaha Lancers at 7:05 p.m. on Friday, September 30.  Madison will finish their road trip with a two-game series against the Youngstown Phantoms with the puck dropping at 6:05 p.m. on Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8.  The Capitols return home with a 7:05 p.m. contest at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum against the Gamblers on Friday, October 14.

The start times for all Capitols home games Monday through Saturday for the 2016-17 season will be 7:05 p.m., and the puck will drop at 4:05 p.m. for all home games on Sundays this season.

The Capitols 60-game schedule includes 30 games at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.  The Capitols will meet all eight of their Eastern Conference rivals during the 2016-17 season.  Madison will play 43 of the 60-game season against teams in the Eastern Conference, which includes Bloomington, Cedar Rapids, Chicago, Dubuque, Green Bay, Muskegon, Team USA U18, and Youngstown.  The Capitols will play Green Bay nine times (four home and five road games), Cedar Rapids and Dubuque six times (three home and three road games), Chicago and Muskegon five times (CHI – three home and two road games; MUS – two home and three road games), and Bloomington, Team USA U18, and Youngstown four times (two home and two road games).

Madison will play 17 games this season against the Western Conference which includes Des Moines, Fargo, Lincoln, Omaha, Sioux City, Sioux Falls, Tri-City, and Waterloo.  The Capitols will play Waterloo three times (two home and one road game), and Des Moines, Fargo, Lincoln, Omaha, Sioux City, Sioux Falls, and Tri-City twice during the season (TRI – two home and zero road games, FAR – zero home and two road games, DM, LN, OMA, SC, and SF – one home and one road game).

Fans can join the Madison Capitols for the 2016-17 season!  Season tickets, 10-Game Pick ‘Em packages, Flex Packs, and Group tickets are now available!  For more information, including how to get free parking for the season, call the Capitols at (608) 257-CAPS, or visit www.MADCAPSHOCKEY.com.

Click here for the complete 2016-17 schedule

Number of games by Conference

Eastern Conference (43 games)

Bloomington Thunder:  4 (2 home, 2 away)

Cedar Rapids RoughRiders:  6 (3 home, 3 away)

Chicago Steel:  5 (3 home, 2 away)

Dubuque Fighting Saints:  6 (3 home, 3 away)

Green Bay Gamblers:  9 (4 home, 5 away)

Muskegon Lumberjacks:  5 (2 home, 3 away)

Team USA U18:  4 (2 home, 2 away)

Youngstown Phantoms:  4 (2 home, 2 away)

Western Conference (17 games)

Des Moines Buccaneers:  2 (1 home, 1 away)

Fargo Force:  2 (0 home, 2 away)

Lincoln Stars:  2 (1 home, 1 away)

Omaha Lancers:  2 (1 home, 1 away)

Sioux City Musketeers:  2 (1 home, 1 away)

Sioux Falls Stampede:  2 (1 home, 1 away)

Tri-City Storm:  2 (2 home, 0 away)

Waterloo Black Hawks:  3 (2 home, 1 away)

Longest Homestands:  Five Games:  October 21 to November 5 (Waterloo, Lincoln, Bloomington (twice), and Chicago over 16 days); November 25 to December 9 (Youngstown (twice), Cedar Rapids (twice), and Green Bay over 15 days); March 5-18 (Sioux City, Tri-City (twice), Waterloo, and Sioux Falls over 14 days).

 Longest Road Trip:  Seven Games:  February 12 to March 4 (Dubuque, Fargo (twice), Muskegon (twice), and Cedar Rapids over 21 days).

Familiar Family Brings Fresh Face To Madison Capitols

By Sean ‘Snuff’ Smith  Thurs. May 19, 2016  12:21 p.m. CT    
MADISON, Wisconsin  —  Welcome Garrett Suter as the new Head Coach and GM of the USHL’s Madison Capitols!   Just 28 years-old and coming of a Championship leading the AAA U18 Capitols he appears ready to bring the Club its first Playoff berth.  A lot of pressure for the youngster?!?  Nah, he’s ready.  I’m sure of it.  Give it a listen and Garretts’ Pedigree & knowledge beyond his years is quite clear: Get your Tickets NOW while the best Seats are still available: http://www.madcapshockey.com/page/show/2506885-capitols-2016-17-season-tickets 
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Capitols Name Garrett Suter Head Coach & GM

MADISON, WI – The Madison Capitols, a member of the United States Hockey League, introduced Garrett Suter as the team’s head coach and general manager on Wednesday.

 

Suter, 28, served as the head coach of the AAA Madison Capitols 18U of the North American Prospects Hockey League for the last two seasons.  He led the Capitols 18U team to the championship last season with a record of 20-4-1 in 25 games.  Under Suter’s tutelage, the 18U team finished first overall in the NAPHL with a 20-4-0 record during the 2014-15 season. For the 2013-14 season, the Capitols U18 team was a member of the Northern Lakes Hockey League and finished with a 26-14-5 record as Suter served as the bench boss for his inaugural season.

 

All-time, Suter’s holds an 86-22-6 record in 94 games with the AAA 18U team from 2013-16.

 

“The Suter family is an integral part of our organization, and our community,” said Capitols’ President Bob Gazich.  “We are happy to have Garrett take the reins of our team on the ice. He has experience playing in our league, and he has coached many of our players who have come up through the AAA program.  We are handing over the whistle to Garrett, and will be ready to drop the puck this fall!”

 

Suter was a defenseman for the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers during the 2004-05 season, the Waterloo Black Hawks for the 2005-06 season, and the Omaha Lancers for the 2006-07 season.  In three USHL seasons, the defenseman collected 35 points (8-27=35) and 264 penalty minutes in 117 games.

 

Following his USHL career, Suter completed four seasons with University of Wisconsin Stevens Point.  He finished his collegiate career with 76 points (20-56=76) and 255 penalty minutes in 108 games.

 

Suter also played parts of two seasons in the ECHL with the Cincinnati Cyclones, where he recorded four goals and seven assists for 11 points, and 52 penalty minutes in 35 games.

 

Madison Capitols’ Chairman Ryan Suter was on hand for the press conference today.  He was joined by University of Wisconsin-Madison’s men’s hockey coaching staff, Tony Granato, Don Granato, and Mark Osiecki, as they congratulated Garrett on his new position with the Capitols.

 

Fans can join the Madison Capitols for the 2016-17 season!  Season tickets and the 10-Game Pick ‘Em packages are now available!  For more information, including how to get free parking for the season, call the Capitols at (608) 257-CAPS, or visit www.MADCAPSHOCKEY.com.

USHL Draft, #MadCapsHockey & NHL Playoffs

By Sean ‘Snuff’ Smith  Tues. May 3, 2016  10:44 a.m. CT   
MADISON, Wisconsin  —  So, I’ve secured my Badger Hockey Tickets for next Year.  Upcoming on my Hockey ‘Wish List’ is for the Capitols to make the USHL Playoffs in Year 3.  The latest addition to our Zone Team is Ryan Smith.  He’s from out East & a big Philly Fan.  You’ll never guess how I pissed him off today: Tonights NHL Tilts feature San Jose up 2-0 as Series heads to Nashville.  For the complete Schedule, click here:  https://www.nhl.com/schedule 
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Capitols Head Coach And GM Troy Ward Resigns

By Eric Rogers
Apr. 18, 2016 6:08 p.m. CT
MADISON, Wis. — Troy G. Ward announced his resignation Monday afternoon, following just one season as head coach and general manager of the Madison Capitols.
In a written statement, Ward said he “appreciated the opportunity to work with the Madison Capitols organization. At this time, I will be moving on to pursue other professional opportunities in the game of hockey.”
Ward’s squad finished with a 25-27-5 record in its second United States Hockey League season, placing eighth in the Eastern Conference out of nine teams.
A search for Ward’s replacement will begin immediately, led by team president Bob Gazich.

What’s Next For #MadCapsHockey

By Sean ‘Snuff’ Smith  Weds. March 23, 2016, 10:46 a.m. CT   
MADISON, Wisconsin  —  A 7-Game Winning Streak.  Another $1 Beer Night.  & a young Roster that’s REALLY starting to put it together.  The Voice of the Madison Capitols shares his take on the USHL & the upcoming Frozen 4 in NCAA Men’s Hockey: Get Tickets here:  http://www.madcapshockey.com/
Photo from AP.

A New Sheriff In Town For #MadCapsHockey

By Sean ‘Snuff’ Smith Weds. Feb. 17th, 2016  10:52 a.m. CT    
MADISON, Wisconsin —  Since I was a kid Madison has always been a HUGE supporter of Hockey.  That certainly hasn’t changed as Bob Gazich has been added as President of the Madison Capitols.  He jumped In-Studio with Ryan Smith this morning: Next up a road test vs. Muskegon on Friday.  Get the most current Information at http://www.madcapshockey.com/page/show/1010463-home-of-the-ushl-madison-capitols

Capitols Introduce Gazich As New Team President

By Eric Rogers
Feb. 15, 2016 9:59 a.m. CT
MADISON, Wis. — The Madison Capitols announced on Monday that Bob Gazich would take over as the team’s new president.
Gazich brings a wealth of knowledge to the organization, graduating from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in business administration and psychology. He was most recently a professor at the College of St. Benedict | St. Johns University and according to his LinkedIn profile, remains employed as a professor at Argosy University Twin Cities teaching courses in both MBA and MAIO programs.
Gazich fills the vacant position left open since November.
Madison continues its seven-game road trip Friday against the Muskegon Lumberjacks before returning home on Mar. 11 against the Sioux Falls Stampede.