Today the team made strides towards next season by naming part of their leadership group for the 2013-2014 campaign. The Vees named Brad McClure Captain and Travis Blanleil an Assistant for the upcoming season. The Vees will likely name two more Assistant Captains and that announcement isn’t expected until Main Camp in late August. This on the assumption they continue what they did this past season by having three Assistants; this could change.
The two given letters today are no-brainers in my opinion. Both made big strides as players and more importantly as people from the start of the season.
McClure really came into his own late in the year and more importantly in the playoffs. I was impressed by his competitive nature and selflessness as a player; he just wants to win. Also he seemed to be a guy who thrived on the big stage, when the stakes rose so did his game. McClure made it clear to he will be a leader by example type. A guy who will set a high standard and expect his teammates to follow suit. He won’t be the most vocal person in the dressing room,but when he speaks, his teammates will listen.
Blanleil has plenty of experience and his entering his fourth season in the BCHL despite having another year of junior eligibility after this season. Blanleil is only a handful of games away from the 200 games played mark, a feat not many accomplish in Junior ‘A’ hockey. He is similar to McClure, where he will let his play do most of the talking and that speaks volumes if you’ve seen him on the ice; he was the Vees Playoff MVP no less. Blanleil he told me he won’t be one to pass up an opportunity to address the team; If his voice is needed he will pipe up.
McClure and Blanleil are great choices to lead the Vees in 2013-2014. Both play the game the right way and both have a professional attitude when it comes to the game of hockey. These two will be good for younger players coming into the program but also will be good for returnees; their teammates won’t hesitate to follow their example. Both are very personable and approachable but I know both can crack the whip when it’s needed.
Congrats to both Brad and Travis and I look forward to seeing letters on their jerseys.