The Mississauga St. Michael's Majors announced today that defenceman Stuart Percy will be the club's new captain, and named forward Riley Brace and defenceman Dylan DeMelo as assistants.
Percy, a third year defenceman from Oakville, Ontario succeeds Casey Cizikas as the team's captain. The 18-year-old first round draft pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs (25th overall) in 2011 was a stalwart on the blueline for the Majors during their Mastercard Memorial Cup run last season, playing 89 games through the regular season, playoffs, and CHL championship. Stuart registered six goals and 40 assists for 46 points through 84 regular season and playoff games before notching four assists in the Majors five games in the Memorial Cup, good enough for second in team scoring in the tournament.
Brace, a native of Woodlawn, Ontario, is in his fourth year with the Majors and comes off a 19 goal, 24 assist campaign through last years regular season and playoffs, as well as two points in the Memorial Cup including a goal in the final against the Saint John Sea Dogs. The 19-year-old leads the team this season in points with ten goals and 14 assists for 24 points in 17 games played. He also leads the league in shorthanded goals with five.
DeMelo, a third year Major from London, Ontario has established himself as a bona fied top defenceman for the 2011-12 campaign after showing responsible two-way play during last season's run, registering four goals and 12 assists for 16 points and a plus 19 rating. He tied a team high in plus/minus during the tournament with a +3. Dylan was selected by the San Jose Sharks in the 6th round (179th overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
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