It has taken some time, but this is not a decision we take lightly
This year our Captain will be Ryan Turley.
Ryan is currently in his second year with our team, and was an Assistant last year. His exemplary leadership and play have continued into this season. Ryan is a very positive force in our dressing room as well as on the bench. I don't think I have ever heard a negative word coming out of him. Clearly watching Ryan play, he is a performance leader and a big reason we are doing so well this year.
Our First Alternate Captain is a third year player, who was an Alternate Captain last year. Stephan Schollig.
Stephan is now in the third season with our team, always positive and engaging, he has been a tremendous force on our team since we first met him. If you need a player to get the puck out of your end, Stephan is most likely the person to go to. he is a big presence on and off the ice. We are very lucky to have Stephan on our team.
Our next Alternate Captain is a second year player, Connor McClyment.
Connor has been a game changer for us on defense. Connor is a very smooth, skilled hockey player who joined the Colts on the trail of his brother Alex who was last years Captain. Clearly leadership runs in this family. Quiet in the dressing room, Connor leads by example, once he gets on the ice there is nothing quiet about his level of play and it would be hard to watch a Colts game without noticing Connor.
Last but certainly not least is another second year player Darnell Clarke.
Much like all of our captains this year, Darnell is a force to be reckoned with on the ice. A fast, powerful winger who has the ability to get you the big goals. Darnell is often seen in the corners, winning a battle, doing the dirty work and getting the puck out to his line mates. there is no doubt that opponents pay very close attention to Darnell when he is on the ice. Darnell is a force on our team, always exciting to watch and probably gets more breakaways than anyone.
I hope you will all join me in congratulating this year’s team Captains.
Leadership comes in many forms, sometimes it is out rightly overt and at others it is quiet and decisive. I think that in these four young men we have good examples of all of these styles. looking at game sheets, they have all been at every game this season ( except for suspensions), their collective play has been a big factor in how far along our team has come. Leading by example is certainly the hallmark of all four captains this year.
It's cliché to say that there are other deserving players on our team, but there are. This is never an easy choice, we are blessed with lots of talent, hard work and dedication.
I think our program is really reaching new heights, let's continue to stay positive and look to the remainder of what is shaping up to be a great season.