Wolverines Announce Leadership Group Ahead Of 2019-20 Campaign

The Waywayseecappo Wolverines are proud to announce Nick Doyle as the teams’ new captain for the 2019-20 season.

Jack Kennedy will wear a permanent “A” while Matt Kasowski and Gerrik Ripley will wear the “A” at home. Conrad Phillips and Jaymes Knee will sport the “A” during all road games.

Beginning his second year with the Wolverines and fourth in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, Doyle brings a wealth of experience to the hockey club as Captain. The 20-year-old from Winnipeg is a veteran of 137 regular season MJHL games and boasts a Turnbull Cup Championship on his resume.

“It’s a huge honor,” Doyle shared about being named Captain. “For me, I have been fortunate to play behind some pretty good captains. Jake Bestul paved the way for me to take on the role, he showed me how to be a well-respected player around the league. It’s a chance for me to use what I’ve learned over the past three seasons and bring it to our locker room to help our young guys grow.”

Doyle explained his mindset and shared what he thinks he needs to do to be a successful captain.

“At the end of the day, I’m going to lead by example on and off the ice and show the young guys what it is to be a Wolverine day in and day out. We don’t like to think of our rookies as rookies, we just know that we have young guys in our locker room, we’re all family.”

For 20-year-old Jack Kennedy,  he is looking forward to being a leader on the team but says it doesn’t change his approach to the game.

“Just doing the little things day in and day out and trying to be a good teammate is important,” Jack Kennedy explained. “It’s nice that the coaching staff recognized it. I was excited when I found out but it doesn’t change the way I act or play.”

“Being approaching for the younger guys is big, being someone that they can come to. We want everyone to feel like they’re in the right place and that they belong here,” Kennedy concluded.

The Wolverines kick off their 2019-20 campaign on Friday night against the Neepawa Natives on the road, before returning home the following night to host Neepawa for the clubs home opener.