Every Canadian Hockey League season brings fresh faces and change to most club rosters and often times new leadership is the result.
The 2019-20 campaign is no different as more than half the league’s 60 teams from coast-to-coast have announced a new captain either in the off-season, training camp, or at some point during the first three weeks of action.
A total of 35 new team captains have been announced, meanwhile 14 captains from last season have returned, and 11 teams currently do not have a permanent ‘C’.
Here’s a social media rundown and summary of all 35 teams who have formally introduced new captains:
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League New Captains:
Acadie-Bathurst Titan – Shawn Element
Charlottetown Islanders – Brendon Clavelle
Chicoutimi Sagueneens – Rafael Harvey-Pinard
Drummondville Voltigeurs – Xavier Simoneau
Gatineau Olympiques – Charles-Antoine Roy
Moncton Wildcats – Jakob Pelletier
Quebec Remparts – Felix Bibeau
Rimouski Oceanic – Alexis Lafreniere
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies – Alexis Arsenault
Saint John Sea Dogs – Nicolas Guay
Shawinigan Cataractes – Gabriel Denis
Victoriaville Tigres – Anthony Poulin
Three of the QMJHL’s 18 teams return their 2018-19 captain including Gabriel Fortier of the Baie-Comeau Drakkar, Samuel Poulin of the Sherbrooke Phoenix, and David Noel of the Val-d’Or Foreurs. So far this season the Cape Breton Eagles have awarded Derek Gentile and Kyle Havlena the ‘C’ for various games, while the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada and the Halifax Mooseheads have yet to make any formal leadership announcements.
Ontario Hockey League New Captains:
Erie Otters – Jack Duff
Guelph Storm – Cam Hillis
Hamilton Bulldogs – Isaac Nurse
Kingston Frontenacs – Jakob Brahaney
Kitchener Rangers – Riley Damiani & Greg Meireles
London Knights – Liam Foudy & Alec Regula
Mississauga Steelheads – Liam Ham
Niagara IceDogs – Akil Thomas
North Bay Battalion – Brad Chenier
Owen Sound Attack – Aidan Dudas
Sudbury Wolves – Macauley Carson & Shane Bulitka
Seven of the OHL’s 20 teams return their 2018-19 captain including Jason Willms of the Barrie Colts, Ty Dellandrea of the Flint Firebirds, Kyle MacLean of the Oshawa Generals, Zach Gallant of the Peterborough Petes, Damien Giroux of the Saginaw Spirit, Ryan McGregor of the Sarnia Sting, and Luke Boka of the Windsor Spitfires. Only the Ottawa 67’s and Soo Greyhounds do not currently have anyone with the ‘C’ however the Greyhounds captaincy was most recently held by 19-year-old Barrett Hayton who was named to the Arizona Coyotes opening night roster and is eligible to return.
Western Hockey League New Captains:
Brandon Wheat Kings – Connor Gutenberg
Edmonton Oil Kings – Scott Atkinson
Everett Silvertips – Bryce Kindopp
Kamloops Blazers – Zane Franklin
Medicine Hat Tigers – James Hamblin
Portland Winterhawks – Johnny Ludvig
Red Deer Rebels – Dawson Barteaux
Regina Pats – Austin Pratt
Seattle Thunderbirds – Matthew Wedman
Swift Current Broncos – Ethan Regnier
Tri-City Americans – Kyle Olson
Vancouver Giants – Alex Kannok Leipert
Four of the WHL’s 22 teams return their 2018-19 captain including Mark Kastelic of the Calgary Hitmen, Chase Wouters of the Saskatoon Blades, Ty Smith of the Spokane Chiefs, and Peyton Krebs of the Winnipeg ICE. Six clubs including the Kelowna Rockets, Lethbridge Hurricanes, Moose Jaw Warriors, Prince Albert Raiders, Prince George Cougars, and Victoria Royals do not have anyone with the ‘C’.