Captain Cameron Critchlow
I love alliteration
And apparently so does Halifax Mooseheads coach, Dominque Ducharme. With the opening game of the new season only hours away, Durcharme has named 20-year-old Cameron Critchlow, a Moncton native, captain of this year’s Halifax Mooseheads.
“Cameron is a natural-born leader” stated Ducharme. “The way he brings the team together and communicates with his teammates is impressive”.
Critchlow, who is entering his fifth season in the league, captained the Lewiston Maineiacs last season before
being selected by Victoriaville in the Lewiston Dispersal Draft. The Mooseheads acquired Critchlow from the Victoriaville Tigres on August 1st in exchange for a 2012 5th round pick.
Defensemen Trey Lewis and Steve Gillard will also wear letters for the Mooseheads this season as alternate captains.
“All three of these young men lead by example” stated Ducharme. “They are committed to our program, pay close attention to the details and work hard, both on and off the ice.”
The third alternate captain will be rotated among the remaining roster.
Some have speculated that the choices are writing on the wall for former captain and overager (OA), Travis Randell.
Randell is battling with blueliner Jonathan Parisien for the final overage spot on the team. While a captaincy role would have solidified his spot, the omission does not spell the end of the Moose days. Given that Randell is also battling for one of the final forwards spots, and there may be occassions when he draws out of the lineup in favour of someone else, Durcharme likely wants his captain to be someone he’s putting out there every night.
If Randell sticks with the team, he could end up taking that rotating “A” frequently when in the lineup. Randell can also add leadership without having to be recognized by a letter.
A shorthanded Mooseheads squad will migrate into Charlottetown tonight for their 2011-12 season opener against the Rocket before travelling to Bathurst Saturday. Halifax will be without Alexandre Grenier, Sawyer Hannay, Brent Andrews, Karl Albethauser and Gabriel Desjardins as they attend NHL training camps. They’ll also be missing key forwards Andrew Ryan (ankle) and Martin Frk (upper body) due to injury.
That will place greater focus on the regular season debut of Nathan MacKinnon. The Uber-prospect will be relied upon heavily with those absences, as will Luca Campini and Darcy Ashley.
Forwards Brandon Pye, Ryan Davis and Joel Blanchard will all rejoin the team after being late training camp cuts.
The Mooseheads will likely have some of those back for the home opener next Friday, September 16th against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan at the Halifax Metro Centre.