Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Durepos Named Sea Dogs Captain

Pierre Durepos has been named Saint John Sea Dogs captain.

Durepos, who is playing his fourth and final season with the Sea Dogs, will take over for Jonathan Huberdeau who will likely spend the rest of the year with the Florida Panthers.

It’s no surprise to see Durepos named captain. A first-round pick of the Sea Dogs in 2009, the 20-year old Shediac native has helped the Sea Dogs win three regular season titles, two President’s Cup championships, and a Memorial Cup title.

“We are pleased to name Pierre captain,” said Mike Kelly, head coach and General Manager of the Sea Dogs, in a release. “Pierre’s body of work while with the Sea Dogs has been consistent and dependable regardless of the opponent and situation. It is that steady leadership that we expect to get from Pierre going forward. His example to our younger players will serve them well as they move along their major junior careers.”

Durepos has played in just 19 games this season due to an injury and missed most of the first half. He has three goals and 10 assists.

20-year olds Ian Saab and Maxime Villemaire along with veteran Jason Cameron will all get an ‘A’ stitched on their sweaters as alternate captains.

“We believe Ian, Maxime and Jason also have the experience to provide leadership to our younger players and support them as they gain experience in the league,” said Kelly. “All four of our captains not only have a wealth of experience to draw upon, but they also have the respect of the players in the room and the coaching staff.”

Saab and Villemaire just recently rejoined the club after spending the first half playing pro hockey. Saab spent all of last season with Saint John while Villemaire was acquired in a trade with Drummondville last year.

Cameron has spent the last three season with the Sea Dogs. He has two goals in 42 games this year.

The Sea Dogs visit the Moncton Wildcats tomorrow night. They host the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on Saturday night at Harbour Station.

Photo: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

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