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The Regina Pats Hockey Club is pleased to announce their captain and alternate captains for the 2017-18 season.
Reigning WHL Player of the Year Sam Steel will wear the captains C for his 19-year-old season. The Anaheim Ducks prospect led all CHL players with 131 points last year. For his career, Steel has scored 90 goals and 165 assists for 255 points in 204 games.
“Since joining the organization three years ago our staff knew this day would come as we moved forward in building the organization,” said Pats Head Coach and GM John Paddock. “We are in a very special year and Sam is the right man to lead the team.”
Defenceman Josh Mahura and forwards Jake Leschyshyn and Matt Bradley will serve as alternate captains.
Mahura, a signed prospect of the Anaheim Ducks, was acquired in a trade with the Red Deer Rebels in January of 2017. The 19-year-old scored 17 goals and had 53 points last year, adding 21 more in the post-season, which was third among all defenceman.
Leschyshyn is entering his 18-year-old season with the Pats. The Saskatoon product was drafted in the second round by the Vegas Golden Knights this summer. Leschyshyn had a career year in 2016-17 with 17 goals and 40 points in 43 games.
Bradley was acquired from the Medicine Hat Tigers this off-season. The overage forward comes to Regina after spending the first three seasons of his WHL career with the Tigers. Bradley has put up 74 goals and 168 points in 209 career games. Last year he set career highs in goals with 34, assists with 43 and points with 77.
“Josh, Jake and Matt have the same goals as Sam individually and as teammates they are key contributors. They will aid him in getting the team to where we all plan to get to,” said Paddock.
The Pats will open the 2017 pre-season on Thursday night against the Saskatoon Blades at 7 p.m. at the Brandt Centre. Tickets will be available at the door for $10.
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