Lloydminster’s Chase Wouters has been named the 59th captain of the Saskatoon Blades. The team announced their leadership group last week where the forward was awarded the top honour.
“I was pretty excited. It’s kind of every kid’s dream to be able to be a representative, a leader on any team. It was really exciting and I’m looking forward to it,” says Wouters.
The 18-year-old is in his third season with the team and will be supported in his leadership role with assistant captains defenseman Dawson Davidson, winger Max Gerlach and Josh Paterson.
The announcement comes after Wouters returns from training camp with the Tampa Bay Lightning. He says he was down in Tampa Bay for two weeks skating with the team.
The centreman was drafted by the Blades in the first round of the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft. Last season, Wouters has career highs in goals with 18 and points with 51.
He says his goal for the team is to make the playoffs this year after being two points short last season.
“We want to play better as the year goes on and hope for the best. We’re off to a good start this season so just looking to keep that going.”
The Blades won their first two games this season against the Swift Current Broncos. They will play the Medicine Hat Tigers Saturday in Saskatoon.