Going into 2013-14 MHL regular season
SUMMERSIDE – Mike Crocock is taking high expectations into his sophomore season with the Summerside Western Capitals.
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Mike Crocock in action for the Summerside Western Capitals during a recent MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) pre-season game Community Gardens in Kensington.
The slick-skating defenceman, who was acquired from the Pembroke Lumber Kings of the Central Hockey League in a Jan. 10 deadline deal last season, is anxious for the Caps to start defence of the Kent Cup as playoff champions of the MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League).
“I’m really excited to come back,” said Crocock, who is from Brantford, Ont. “Last year was obviously a great year for us, winning the Kent Cup and making it all the way to the RBC Cup final.
“We are a younger team this year and we’re looking to repeat as Kent Cup champions and hopefully move on to bigger and better things after that. I’m really excited for the season this year.”
Now 19 and familiar with his surroundings, Crocock is looking to take on more of a leadership role after being named a team co-captain along with JP Harvey.
“Just helping with on-ice stuff as well as off-ice stuff, taking care of the guys, making sure everything is OK with their every-day life type of thing,” added Crocock, who briefly attended the training camp of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Charlottetown Islanders this season.
“I’m really excited to come back. Last year was obviously a great year for us, winning the Kent Cup and making it all the way to the RBC Cup final. We are a younger team this year and we’re looking to repeat as Kent Cup champions and hopefully move on to bigger and better things after that. I’m really excited for the season this year.” Western Capitals defenceman Michael Crocock
“Things didn’t work out there too well,” said Crocock. “I wanted to keep my NCAA options open to go down to school in the (United) States.
“I knew after (Islanders’ camp) that that I wanted to come back to Summerside. I love it here, it’s a great place, the fans are great and it’s a great community.”
School-wise, Crocock is taking an online course and is also taking a course to study for his SAT test in December.
On the ice, Crocock describes himself as a “two-way defenceman” who can play on the both the power-play and penalty-killing units.
“I like to rush the puck at times,” said Crocock. “My biggest attribute is my skating.”
Although the Capitals are coming off a run to the final game of the national championship, Crocock feels the new-look team will be very competitive.