After announcing Ben Fanelli as the team captain for the 2013-14 season, the Kitchener Rangers introduced four assistant captains on Wednesday afternoon.
Veteran Rangers Eric Ming, Evan McEneny, Matia Marcantuoni and Curtis Meighan will round out the team’s leadership group for the upcoming season.
Ming has earned the respect of his teammates over the past three seasons in Kitchener, with his determination and impressive work ethic. The gritty winger comes into his overage season having set a new career high in goals scored last year.
Now entering his fourth year with the Rangers, Marcantuoni was the team’s first round pick in the 2010 OHL Priority Selection. In June 2012, the Toronto native was chosen in the fourth round of the NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins.
McEneny’s size and offensive ability earned him a free agent contract from the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks last autumn, and havemade him an integral part of the Rangers blueline. Drafted in the second round of the 2010 Priority Selection by the Rangers, the rearguard scored 34 points in 65 games last year.
Ottawa, ON native Curtis Meighan was recognized at the Rangers’ 2013 End of Year Banquet for his Outstanding Defensive Ability. An effective part of Kitchener’s penalty kill and power play unit, the smart centre is entering his third year with the club.
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