Jared Marino is the new captain of the West Kelowna Warriors. -Image credit: Ken Reid/Greystoke Photography

Marino to don C for BCHL’s Warriors

Jared Marino, the younger brother of ex-team captain Kyle, will lead West Kelowna next season

Following in his older brother’s footsteps, Jared Marino will serve as captain of the West Kelowna Warriors for the 2017-18 BCHL season.

Marino, 20, has played 99 games over two seasons in West Kelowna, compiling six goals and 29 points along with 68 penalty minutes.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound forward has also played in 39 career games of playoff action, between the BCHL postseason, Western Canada Cup and Royal Bank Cup.

The Niagara Falls, ON native is one of two players, along with defenseman Jake Harrison, who remains from the Warriors 2016 RBC Cup national championship team. The Warriors were captained that season by Jared’s older brother, Kyle Marino.

The new captain looks to bring his championship experience and guidance to the Warriors locker room.

“I’m honoured to be named captain for such a great organization and am confident that we can once again be an elite contender,”said the Warriors newly-minted captain. “I have played for West Kelowna for two years now under great leadership and I know I can also be a strong captain and role model on and off the ice.”

Warriors head coach and general manager Rylan Ferster said Marino was a natural choice to take on the club’s most important leadership role.

“Jared has all the qualities that great leaders possess,” Ferster said. “He’s a good person, good teammate and always gives 100 per cent. Having been with our program through the RBC Cup, he has gotten the opportunity to be around not only a great leader and captain like his brother, but many solid leaders.

“He will represent the program on and off the ice like a pro.”

The Warriors will announce the remainder of their leadership group prior to main camp in late August.