The Calgary Canucks are pleased to announce Kyler Newman as the team captain for the 2017-2018 season. Newman, a 20 year old defenceman, was acquired by the Canucks over the summer after spending two seasons with the Fort McMurray Oil Barons.
“With so many new faces including staff we wanted to take some time to get to know each other,” states Head Coach Colin Birkas. “We haven’t had the start we wanted but we were able to take some time and see who showed the traits we were looking for in a leader.”
“Kyler comes to the rink every day with a good mindset and attitude. He cares for everyone around him and can put team goals ahead of personal ones,” adds Birkas. “I believe staff and teammates are thrilled to have him represent our club this year as captain.”
“It's a huge honour, and something I take very seriously,” noted Newman regarding his new role as team captain. “This team is a great group of guys on and off the ice. I think we have the ability to do something very special this year. Being named the captain comes with a ton of responsibility that I'm looking forward to tackling head on. I couldn't do any of it without the amazing teammates I have in that locker room.”
Joining Newman in the leadership group as Alternate Captains are forwards Josh Giacomin (97), Jordan McConnell (98) and Hayden Ursulak(97), as well as defenceman Mark Drohan (98). Giacomin is in this third season with the Canucks, while Drohan and McConnell joined the Canucks last season. Ursulak was aquired earlier this season from the Fort McMurray Oil Barons.