Thursday, September 12, 2013

Three Players Get An 'A'

SAINT JOHN - The Saint John Sea Dogs announced today that they will be taking a unique approach regarding captaincy this season.

Under the plan, the team will not name a captain. Instead, forwards Jason Cameron and Oliver Cooper, along with defenseman David Weckworth, have been named the first alternate captains of the season.

Head Coach and General Manager Mike Kelly said the three players will start the season wearing 'A's. The letters will be passed to other players monthly.

"With a younger team, we want to make sure we give our players the opportunity to contribute and allow leadership qualities to emerge," Kelly said in a team release. "This is a close room. We have older players who can provide leadership, but we feel like this is a way to allow leadership qualities to develop long-term."

The first players chosen to wear an ‘A’ come as no surprise. Cameron, 20, is the only player remaining from Saint John’s 2011 Memorial Cup championship season while Cooper and Weckworth each have played a few seasons in the league already.

Jonathan Huberdeau and Pierre Durepos, each of whom are no longer in the league, each wore the ‘C’ for the Sea Dogs last season.

Photo: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

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