The Battlefords North Stars have named their captains for the 2018-19 SJHL season.
With the regular season fast approaching, North Stars' coach, Brayden Klimosko and his staff have determined the leadership core of this team, a process that the coach said was not all that difficult.
“I think it was a pretty easy choice,” Klimosko said. “Cody Spagrud is going to be our captain this year. He’s a fourth-year guy and he’s just a rock for us everywhere, both in the [locker] room and outside the room. He’s a North Star through and through, so it’s nice to have him as our captain.”
Spagrud said wearing the 'C' for the club this season is a responsibility he is proud to own.
“It’s definitely a huge honour. I’ve been here for four years now and just seeing the captains that have gone through here, it’s humbling to be able to wear a letter and [wear] the C now, so I’m definitely excited for it. I know it’s kind of a big task at hand, but I’m ready for it.”
MacGregor Sinclair, Owen Lamb and Braydon Buziak will serve as the alternate (or assistant) captains.
Klimosko said he was thrilled with the character of the group and is very confident in their ability to be an example and set the tone for the hockey club.
“This leadership group is as good as I’ve ever been a part of as a coach so far,” said Klimosko. “I think we’ll lean heavily on those guys as we do have a young group, but I’m confident they can get the job done. They are great hockey players as well as good people, so that’s what we want.”
The coach also went on to point out the community ties and wealth of experience held by each of the four players, sighting that two of the four (Buziak and Lamb) are from the Battlefords originally, while Spagrud and Sinclair have each spent years in the community as members of the team, involved in community functions and local events outside of hockey, in addition to their on-ice duties. Klimosko said their community involvement was a very important factor in the decision.
“It’s everything,” he said. I think that’s the one thing I learned early on in this process after talking with each of the guys, I knew right away they would be captains of some kind. From what you hear in the community, everyone just talks nothing but highly of all four of them.”
Fans of the North Stars can see the leadership group in action on Friday for the North Stars’ season-opener against the Kindersley Klippers at the Civic Centre. Puck drop is at 7:30 p.m.
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