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The Manitoba Moose have decided on their leadership group for the 2015-16 season.
John Albert will wear the 'C' this season, replacing long-time captain Jason Jaffray, who went unsigned by the Moose this summer after the team decided to go with a younger group this year.
This is Albert's fifth season with the team after spending the past four years in St. John's as a member of the IceCaps. The 26-year-old finished third in scoring for the IceCaps in 2014-15, recording 16 goals and 42 points in 66 games. In 217 games with the club, he recorded 56 goals and 63 assists for 119 points. Albert had been an assistant captain for the team the past two seasons.
"John has all the characteristics you want to have in a leader," said Moose Head Coach Keith McCambridge, in a statement released by the team. "He comes to work with a purpose and leads by example every single day. He’s a character individual who makes others around him better."
The two assistant captains will be forward Patrice Cormier and defenceman Andrew MacWilliam. Cormier, 25, also spent the past four season with the IceCaps. He had 45 goals and 46 assists for 91 points in 199 games with the IceCaps. This will be the first time he wears an 'A' with the club.
MacWilliam, 25, was signed over the summer after spending time in the Toronto system last year, splitting games between the Maple Leafs and the Marlies. In 117 AHL games, MacWilliam has 16 points and 143 penalty minutes.
"When you add both Patrice and Andrew to that leadership core, you have a group that will demonstrate to our younger players what it takes to be a professional both on and off the ice," added McCambridge.
The Moose head to Toronto today to get ready for their first of back-to-back games against the Marlies Friday night.
After a slew of injuries playing hockey that included breaks to the wrist, arm, and collar bone; a tear of the medial collateral ligament in both knees; as well as a collapsed lung, Jeff figured it was a good idea to take his interest in sports off the ice and in to the classroom.