Western Capitals’ captain sees bright future for young team
SUMMERSIDE – After almost two months of waiting, Jordan Buchanan finally suited up as captain of his hometown Summerside Western Capitals last weekend.
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Summerside Western Capitals forward and team captain Jordan Buchanan in action during his return to the Summerside Western Capitals’ lineup against the Pictou County Weeks Crushers last weekend.
The forward had been sidelined with an ankle injury since early November, and was promoted to the captain’s role in mid-November.
With one of the biggest crowds on hand so far this season at Eastlink Arena, the new captain was introduced in the starting lineup to a very energetic and boisterous round of cheers and applause.
“It felt really good (and) exciting,” Buchanan said in describing the moment. “It helped with the nerves with the crowd cheering as well.”
Buchanan was reunited with his linemates – Alex Bradley and Brad Power.
“We played a lot earlier in the year together,” said Buchanan. “All of us enjoy playing with each other, and we get along with each other off the ice and that helps.”
Part of that chemistry early on has helped propel the rookie duo of Power and Bradley to currently lead the league in rookie scoring.
The Capitals would go on to shutout the nationally-ranked Pictou County Weeks Crushers 3-0 in Buchanan’s return. Despite not registering a point, Buchanan’s defensive prowess did not go unnoticed, and he was announced as the game’s third star.
“(There was) definitely a little rust at first, timing and stuff,” said Buchanan. “Those kind of things were off, but as the game went on it seemed to get better.
“I thought I was good. I focused more on the defensive side of the game; that’s the type of player I am.
“Probably my third period was my best. I got a lot of ice time trying to keep them off the board.”
Last season, Buchanan was one of the few rookies on a veteran-laden host team for the 2013 RBC Cup national championship.
“From last year going to the RBC Cup final, we had a lot of 20-year-olds and a lot of really good leaders,” said Buchanan. “Guys like (Scott) Trask, (Mitch) Maynard, (Wes) Herrett, (Patrick) Volpe and (Matt) Kelly, all those guys are great leaders.
“It felt really good (and) exciting. It helped with the nerves with the crowd cheering as well.” Jordan Buchanan
“They were always vocal and working their hardest, and that’s what I try to bring.”
Doesn’t have to look far
Buchanan doesn’t have far to look to find someone to lean on for advice on how to lead the Western Capitals. Jordan’s father, Scott, was also Caps’ captain in the early 1990s.
Scott explains the feeling of seeing his son wearing the C: “I was certainly very happy for him. He has worked very hard to do the little things, and to be a student of the game to be able to get to where he is at today.
“I thought he would be a fine fit for the position.”
He also sees a lot of good traits in Jordan that will translate well into him being a leader on the team.
“His biggest traits would be leading by example,” continued Scott. “He’s certainly not the most vocal guy around, but the things people see him do in terms of hard work and dedication to the team will be the biggest part of his leadership.”
Jordan is very optimistic about the team’s future.
“There are a lot of young guys who could move onto major junior, but if everybody stays together we will definitely have a real good shot at bringing another Kent Cup back to Summerside in the coming years,” he said.
Back in action
The Caps hit the road for the next four games, starting with a game in Miramichi, N.B., on Wednesday night. The Caps’ next home game is against Woodstock on Sunday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m.