On Tuesday, the Edmonton Oil Kings coaching staff named Griffin Reinhart as captain.
So, the ‘Big Cat’ will be wearing the Big C.
No surprise to most, really. To Reinhart, maybe a little.
“I wouldn’t say I was surprised,” said the 6-foot-4, 205-pound blueliner. “And I wouldn’t say I expected it, either.
He just couldn’t say anything until Tuesday.
“I found out yesterday, but I had to keep it quiet. We had a team dinner (Monday) night and it was a lot of fun.
“The coaches were pretty short and sweet. They said, ‘Congratulations.’ They said they expect the leadership out of me and I’m going to do my best to show them that I deserve it,” said the easy-going, easy-humoured 18-year-old. (And at ease with microhones and cameras in his grille, after being a deer in the headlights during his rookie season.
“It was a staff decision,” said head coach Derek Laxdal on Tuesday, including, as he always does, the opinion of assistant Steve Hamilton. “Obviously there were some good candidates in our group, like Travis Ewanyk, like Keegan Lowe and Griffin was part of that. We’ve got some great leadership amongst these guys.