By: Josh Brown

Northeastern  junior Mike Szmatula has announced he is leaving the program on Friday, April 12, via a tweet on his personal account.

The Commerce Township, Michigan native had 13 goals and 16 assists last season for the Huskies, ending his career with 28 goals and 40 assists in a Northeastern uniform.

Szmatula was named an assistant captain for the 2015-2016 season after quickly solidifying himself as a leader on the Huskies squad, who made the Beanpot Championship in each of his two seasons with the program.

A top-six forward throughout his time on Huntington Avenue, Northeastern will look to the likes of Dylan Sikura, Brendan Collier and Ryan Rosenthal to fill the void.

“Mike was a solid contributor to the program, and we wish him the best of luck in his hockey career and beyond,” said head coach Jim Madigan. “Moving forward, we’re excited for the core that we have returning in 2015-16 as well as the incoming student-athletes joining our program in the fall. The coaching staff and I are very eager for the upcoming season and we are confident that the leadership in our locker room will help set the tone for a successful year.”

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