Einarson, Paddock Set to Become 10th Captains in Franchise History
With the departure of former Captain Kolten Kanaski, the 2020-21 season needed a captain.
Head Coach and GM Tyson Ramsey announced that there would be co-captains this season. Jack Einarson and Brett Paddock will share the duties of dawning the “C” on the crest. Both players served as Alternate Captains a year ago.
“Our organization is extremely proud to have named Jack and Brett as co-captains for this season,” said Head Coach and GM Tyson Ramsey. “I just think they bring so much to our team on and off the ice. They both have natural leadership abilities and are also great players and people,” said Ramsey.
“In Jack we get a guy who is entering his 4th season with our hockey club and really emerged as one of the best players in the league last season. He plays the game at a very high level and really sets a good example for our younger guys. His mature attitude will really help guide our group,” Ramsey added.
“Brett is entering his 3rd season as an Oil Cap and has been a captain for me before at the midget level. He really exemplifies all the characteristics of a great leader. He works hard on and off the ice and understands the importance of ‘team’. We are excited to have both Jack and Brett lead us into the regular season,”stated Ramsey.
Einarson and Paddock will become the 10th captain in the franchise’s history, joining; Chase Wichelmann, Cody Nelson, Ben Williams, Brett Sharples, Mack Hardy, Morgan Magwood/Dylan Thiessen, and Ben Dalke.
Einarson, 20, a Gimli, MB product, is entering his fourth and final season with the Oil Capitals.
The 5’11” 160 pound forward has played 167 games in Oil Capitals uniform and has scored 43 goals, while adding 64 assists for 107 points.
Einarson, one of the five 20-year-olds in the top six, will be a massive part of the Oil Caps offence.
Einarson had this to say about dawning the “C” this upcoming season.
I’m very excited to be named captain”, said Einarson. “I take a lot of pride in everything that I do, so to me, this is a big honour. This year we are going to be very strong, so hopefully, I can help lead our team to our goal in bringing a championship to the Town of Virden,” added Einarson.
Paddock, 20, is a Brandon, MB native and is entering his third and final season with the Oil Capitals.
In his first season, the 6’1″ forward chipped in for eight goals 26 assists for a 26-point clip.
In his second campaign, he added to his goal total, which climbed from 8 to 11 and saw he playmaking ability be put on full display. The assists rate jumped from 18 to 33, and he finished with 44 points, 7th best in team scoring.
With the absence of last season’s captain and the team leader in scoring Kolten Kanaski, the Oil Caps offence will need Paddock to sustain last year’s production.
Paddock had this to say about dawning the “C” this upcoming season.
I’m very honoured to be named captain this year,” said Paddock. “The role will come with a lot of responsibility and leadership, but I think those characteristics some naturally for me. After watching previous captains and how they lead by example, I know what’s expected,” Paddock added.
The Valleyview CO-OP Home Opener is October 9th against the Portage Terriers.