The Owen Sound Attack is pleased to announce that forward Zach
Nastasiuk has been named Captain of the Hockey Club. The veteran forward
is in his 3rd Ontario Hockey League season and will take
over the vacant Captaincy that was left by graduate Keevin Cutting.
Nastasiuk is the 20th Captain in Franchise history and the first 18 year old Captain since Bobby Ryan wore the “C” from 2005-2007.
The Barrie native was a 2nd Round Pick of the Detroit Red
Wings in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft and is coming off his first 20 goal
campaign. The 6’1 power forward was also a member of the Gold Medal
winning team at the 2013 World Under 18 Hockey Championships. Nastasiuk,
the Attack’s 1st Round Pick in 2011 was also the teams 2013 Playoff MVP after posting 11 points in 12 games.
“Zach leads by example with his incredible work ethic.”, said Head
Coach Greg Ireland. “He does things right at both ends of the rink and
is a great ambassador for our hockey club both on and off the ice.”
The club also named its Assistant Captains yesterday. Veteran forward Kurtis Gabriel and defenseman Chris Bigras.
Gabriel, a Minnesota Wild draft pick is in his 4th season
with the Attack and is a veteran of almost 180 Ontario Hockey League
games. The hard hitting winger was undrafted into the Ontario Hockey
League and signed with the Attack as a free agent walk on in the fall of
2010. Kurtis “The Sledgehammer” Gabriel has a +13 rating, 194 PIM and
54 career points. Gabriel was the teams 2012/2013 Pat McReavy Award
winner as the team’s Unsung Hero and also won the Dave McComb Award
winner for Leadership and Perseverance. Kurtis also took home the teams
Scholastic Award in 2010/2011.
Bigras, a Colorado Avalanche 2nd Round pick is in his 3rd
season with the Attack and was also a member of Canada’s Gold Medal
Winning Team at the 2013 World Under 18 Hockey Championships. The
Elmvale native has a +40 rating, 62 points and 73 penalty minutes in 125
career games. In his three seasons in Owen Sound, Bigras has taken home
the Scholastic Award the past two seasons, Playoff MVP in 2012, Top
Draft Prospect in 2013 and was the clubs Rookie of the Year in
Nastasiuk, Gabriel, Bigras and their teammates will be back in action
at home this Saturday when they host the Kingston Frontenacs.
(Nathan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)