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Forward Marc Johnstone has been named captain of the 2020-21 Sacred Heart men’s hockey program. Defensemen Alex Bates and Max Luukko have been selected as alternate captains.

This is the second consecutive season that Johnstone is a captain. He had nine goals and 18 assists as a junior with three of the assists coming in a win over Boston University.

Bates had two goals and 12 assists while Luukko finished with two goals and six assists in helping the Pioneers post six shutouts and finish second in the Atlantic Hockey Association regular-season standings.

The Pioneers led the AHA with 132 goals scored during the 2019-20 season. While the top three scorers were seniors and in May the news broke that 14-goal scorer Matt Tugnutt is slated play his final season at Providence College, Sacred Heart could return as many as 11 players who had at least 10 points during the Pioneers’ 21-10-3 campaign.


Sacred Heart men’s basketball assistant coach Kyle Steinway was selected to the Coaches 4 Change Committee.

He is the only coach from a Connecticut program selected to serve on the committee formed “to provide a platform that engages, educates, empowers, and evolves the collegiate student-athlete on issues of social injustices, systemic racism, and the power of voting in the endless pursuit of equality” according to the release announcing the committee members.

“I am extremely honored and privileged to be a part of Coaches 4 Change with such a diverse group of coaches who all share such a strong passion to help promote positive social change,” Steinway said in a statement. “I commend [Siena men’s basketball] Coach Carm [Maciarello] for his leadership in putting this organization together and I’m excited to see the impact that we can have within our teams, our campuses, and our communities. When it comes to the issue of systemic racism, silence is no longer an acceptable option. There is much work to be done and I am confident that this group is ready to work.”