Crocock, Harvey to wear C
SUMMERSIDE – The Summerside Western Capitals have decided to go with co-captains for the 2013-14 MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) season.
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Michael Crocock has been named co-captain of the Summerside Western Capitals.
Capitals head coach Tim Schurman confirmed on Wednesday that forward JP Harvey and defenceman Michael Crocock will split the captain’s duties. Crocock and Harvey, who were both acquired at the Jan. 10 deadline last season, played big roles in the Caps’ run to the RBC Cup national junior A hockey championship game in Summerside.
“We feel we have a wide group of leaders on this team, which is why we went in a little bit of a different direction with co-captains,” said Schurman. “Michael Crocock and JP Harvey were around for our run last year.
“They spent the last half of the regular season and all of the playoffs surrounded by good leaders. They both came to camp in real good shape, they have been very positive in the room and both guys are looking to have big years as they look to further their careers.”
Crocock and Harvey will also serve as assistant captains in games they are not wearing the C. Schurman added that sophomore forward Jordan Buchanan, defenceman Harrison Wood and forward Bruce Hornbrook will serve as assistant captains.
“Jordan Buchanan is a guy you can ask to do anything, and he’ll do it,” said Schurman. “He plays the game hard, he plays the game the right way. He’s not as vocal as some of the other guys, but if you have a team full of Jordan Buchanans you are going to be tough to beat.
“We’re ecstatic with the way Jordie has come into camp this year, and he’s going to have a bigger role obviously on the team this year. He’s a great penalty killer, and he’s ready to be one of the main cogs on the team.”
Wood is entering his third season with the Capitals, who open the regular season on the road against the Valley Wildcats on Saturday night, and host the Miramichi Timberwolves in their home opener at Eastlink Arena on Sunday at 2 p.m.
“It was kind of a tough year for Harrison last year being in and out of the lineup, which he understood,” said Schurman. “It was a different kind of a year last year (with the Caps hosting the RBC Cup). He (Wood) came into camp in great shape again looking to take on a bigger role. He’s just a great young man.
“His teammates all like him and respect him because he’s battled through it.”
Hornbrook is no stranger to junior hockey, and is in his last year of eligibility.
“Bruce Hornbrook has been around our league for a while, and he’s played some major junior,” said Schurman. “He’s looking to have a big year, and is going to be part of that group that keeps our young guys accountable and show them the ropes along the way.”