His assistants will be Sam Mitchell and Frank Riddle.
Obviously this will come as a shock to some with last years Captain Sam Mitchell returning to the team this year.
Its a little of both for me, part of me is surprised and part of me isn't. I initially thought Sam was a no brainer. However, once I considered that Sam Mitchell was picked as Captain before Paul arrived last year by Nolan Graham and Bryan Vines, it is less surprising.
This could be as simple as Paul Esdale and Kevin Hasselberg wanting "their guy"
From what Paul told me, it was less about what Sam did or didn't do, and it was more about what Trent Dorais did throughout the summer, training camp, Exhibition and the subsequent practices leading up to the season opener.
Sam Mitchell won the job this time last year. It looks like Trent Dorais won it this year.
This was no doubt hard news to take for Sam. Having said that, from what I know about Sam's character, he will take it professionally and with maturity. Its my hope that he will take the "snub" and use it for motivation to make him a better player to land himself an NCAA scholarship.
Sam should be proud with how he wore the "C" last year. He has an "A" on his sweater this year, and that shows me what the Coaching Staff think of him and what they expect out of him. Leadership.
Frank Riddle is a player that in my mind improved more than anyone throughout the course of last season. As a 20 year old chasing a scholarship, he's a guy that I expect big things out of for this season. He showed last season he has the abilities to carry the puck, shoot the puck,move the puck, take the body and play solid "D"
I got a chance to get to know Trent Dorais a bit better after last season ended as he chose to live in Port Alberni (just down the road from me) over the summer to work and train for the upcoming season.
Although training was his #1 focus, when time allowed we managed to get out for a couple rounds of Golf at the Alberni Golf Club.Let's just say he's a way better hockey player than he is a golfer, although his athletic ability was evident as he improved in leaps and bounds each time we went out with the schooling he received from Alberni Golf Club Head Pro Bruce MacDonald.
He's a great guy off the ice, a heart and soul guy on it, and a leader in the dressing room.
I'm excited that he'll be the Captain of the Alberni Valley Bulldogs for 2010-2011.
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