The Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club announced today that Jaynen Rissling has been named the 21st captain in franchise history. Rissling, who is entering his fifth Western Hockey League season, has spent his entire WHL playing career with the Hitmen.
“Jaynen has been a tremendous leader with our club for a number of seasons and will be a terrific role model for our young players and the team both on the ice and in the community,” said Hitmen Head Coach Mike Williamson.
Rissling, a native of Edmonton, Alberta, has appeared in 219 games over the past four seasons, recording 15 goals and 65 assists for 80 points while amassing 360 penalty minutes (11th among all franchise players) over that span. The 19-year-old defenceman was selected by the Hitmen in the sixth round, 129th overall, in the 2008 WHL Bantam Draft. He was a member of the 2010 WHL championship team and has tallied one goal and eight assists for nine points in 31 career playoff games. In 2012, the Washington Capitals selected Rissling in the seventh round, 197th overall, in the NHL Entry Draft.
Rissling succeeds Derek Wood (1995-96), Jeremy Schaefer (1996-97), Ryan Shannon (1997-99), Brad Moran (1999-00), Kris Beech (2000-01), Rod Sarich (2001-02), Wade Davis (2002-03), Patrick Weller (2002-04), Ryan Getzlaf (2004-05), Brett Carson (2005-06), Dylan Yeo (2006-07), Karl Alzner (2007-08), Kyle Bortis and Carson McMillan (2008-09 co-captains), Ian Schultz and Michael Stone (2009-10 co-captains), Tyler Fiddler, Matt MacKenzie, Cody Sylvester and Ben Wilson (2010-11 co-captains) and Cody Sylvester (2011-13) as team captain. Rissling will wear the ‘C’ for the first time when Calgary travels to Edmonton on Friday, Sept. 20 to open their 19th WHL season against the Edmonton Oil Kings. Puck drop is 7:00 p.m. at Rexall Place. Radio broadcast on Sportsnet 960 The FAN (960AM) begins at 6:00 p.m. with a one hour pre-game show.
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