Navy still high on Tucker Hull and returning offense

This past season was one not to remember for Navy’s Tucker Hull. The soon-to-be senior attackman recorded career lows in goals (13), assists (eight), shots (54) and shooting percentage (24.1) after posting 47 points in 2011, which was the highest mark by a Midshipman since Jon Birsner accumulated 54 in 2006.

In April, Hull said during a Q&A that personal statistics were of little concern to him.

“It’s not all about the numbers for me,” he said. “I’m just trying to play to win, and a lot of times, that doesn’t call for me to score. Sometimes that calls for me to draw people and dodge and move the ball, especially with defenses coming out knowing that I scored a bunch last year and that I was the go-to guy. Maybe I’ll be initiating it and getting a hockey assist, which doesn’t go down as a stat.

Hull’s slide from last season was not lost on coach Rick Sowell.

“Tuck had real good sophomore year and maybe this year didn’t work out the way that he hoped and we hoped,” Sowell said. “We think that Tuck’s a good player, and we’re looking forward to next year with him having another good year.”

Perhaps the most optimistic sign for a Navy squad that sunk to new depths with a 3-10 record is the impending return of the starting attack in Hull, soon-to-be senior Sam Jones (21 goals and 12 assists) and soon-to-be sophomore T.J. Hanzsche (10, 1). That trio will be expected to get the Midshipmen offense pointed in the right direction.

“The continuity that they developed over the last half of the season, that certainly bodes well for our future,” Sowell said.

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