The Saskatoon Blades are extremely pleased to announce that Graeme Craig has been named as the 54th captain in team history.
The defenceman from Red Deer, Alberta is currently entering his fifth season in the WHL and second as a member of the Blades. His 262 games of regular season WHL experience lead the club.
"As a staff we feel as if Graeme is a player that has truly earned this role on our hockey club," said Blades head coach Dave Struch. "He's soft spoken, but both his actions and his voice have been consistent on and off the ice since he arrived in Saskatoon last season. That approach has really earned him the respect of his teammates."
Last season Craig was acquired by the Saskatoon Blades from the Swift Current Broncos. He appeared in 70 regular season games between the two teams, setting career highs in assists (15), points (16) and +/- rating (+5).
Craig will have several leaders to help him during his 20 year old season. The Blades are also pleased to announce that Nathan Burns, Collin Valcourt and Nelson Nogier will serve as alternate captains this season. Forward Brett Stovin will also serve a leadership role with the team, taking part in all captain's meetings and being a voice on and off the ice.
The announcement means that the Saskatoon Blades four captains enter the season with 764 regular season games and 46 postseason games worth of experience in the WHL. All four were also key pillars of the Memorial Cup hosting team from 2012-13.
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