The British Columbia Hockey League's Quesnel Millionaires are pleased to announce the appointment of 19-year old defenseman Skyler Smutek as the the team's Captain for the 2010/11 season.
Smutek will carry the torch for the Mills following the graduation of three-year veteran Trever Hertz. The Seattle, WA product plays a solid, physical game while contributing on offence, as his seven goals and 27 assists during the 2009/10 season illustrate. Smutek also chipped oin five assists during Quesnel's two-round playoff run in March.
"Skyler has all the leadership qualities to lead the team both on the ice and off," says Millionaires head coach and general manager Glen Watson. "He works hard every day and sets a great example for the younger players who watch and follow his work ethic."
"I've always wanted to be the captain of a junior hockey team," says Smutek of his appointment. "It's really a dream come true and I couldn't be more excited."
Smutek was acquired during the 2009 offseason in a trade with the Drayton Valley Thunder of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. The Quesnel Millionaires organization would like to congratulate Skyler, as he is very deserving to wear the 'C' on his jersey.
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