The West Kelowna Warriors have named Kyle Marino as their captain for the 2015-16 B.C. Hockey League season.
Marino had three goals and 15 assists in his rookie season with the Warriors, which saw him move to a forward role after playing most of the first half on defence.
The 20-year-old Niagara Falls native already knows his leadership plan.
“It’s a big honour being named captain for this year,” Marino said. “Being my final season as an older guy on the team I’m just going to lead by example, be vocal in the room like I am and make guys feel comfortable being here.”
Warriors head coach and GM Rylan Ferster says that Marino has everything needed in a leader, as he wore the C late last season with Andrew Johnson injured.
“I think what you want in your captain, is if you take the logo off your jersey and put someones picture there, that’s what you want your captain to be,” said Ferster.
“It’s one thing to be a leader in the dressing room, but you want that person to represent your program. Kyle is what a West Kelowna Warrior is all about.”
Warriors host Vees Wednesday
The Warriors will get their first taste of pre-season action tonight at home to the defending champion Penticton Vees.
Face off at Royal LePage Place is 7 p.m. Admission is $5.
The Warriors, guided by head coach and GM Rylan Ferster, opened up training camp this week at LePage with 40 players vying for spots on the final roster.
Thursday’s schedule will include fitness testing, a practise and a final scrimmage at 2:30 p.m.
On Friday, the Warriors will be at home for exhibition action against the Trail SmokeEaters, before heading to Trail Saturday for the tail end of a home-and-home set.
West Kelowna will open the BCHL regular season Friday, Sept. 11 at home to the Merritt Centennials.
For more information on the Warriors schedule or season tickets, visit westkelownawarriors.ca