Interim coach Kyle Tapp announced Thursday that he has named 19 year old defenceman Grant Baker as the Bobcats’ new captain. An elite AJHL defenceman, Grant’s strong leadership skills and on-ice abilities make him a natural selection as the next leader of the hockey club.
“Grant is exactly what our team and our community stand for,” said coach Tapp, “with his character, hard work, and passion for the game, our team is in good hands.” Grant is enjoying a strong 2012-13 campaign so far, accumulating 4 goals and 15 assists for 19 points and 84 penalty minutes through 40 games played. Earlier in the season, Grant earned an invitation to the Team Canada West Evaluation Camp for the World Junior ‘A’ Challenge. The Calgary, AB, native first joined the team at the beginning of the 2011-12 season where he had a breakout season as an 18 year old rookie in the league.
The hard hitting defenceman has worn an ‘A’ since the beginning of the 2012-13 season, and earns the ‘C’ in lieu of a trade made by the Bobcats on Tuesday involving former captain Casey Knight. Local 19 year old forward Austin McDonald was also named as one of the team’s alternate captains. In his first year with the team, Austin joins Dustin Lebrun and Jordyn Wozniak as the team’s alternate captains.