Abbotsford native Jordan Kawaguchi will lead Chilliwack into the 2015-16 BCHL season, wearing the captain’s C for the Chiefs.
The team’s coaching staff announced the leadership group Wednesday and head coach Jason Tatarnic elaborated on their choices.
“I want guys who understand and communicate how we do things here,” the bench boss noted. “Off-ice workouts. How we practice and do things in the dressing room. I expect our captain and alternates to lead the way and communicate how things are done.”
Kawaguchi isn’t a rah-rah kid.
The third year Chief leads quietly, but Tatarnic said he’s got the respect of his teammates.
“The guys who don’t have to raise their voice are some of your best leaders,” Tatarnic said. “He says what he needs to say, he’s mature for his age and guys respect and look up to him.”
Kawaguchi wore an A last season and Tatarnic saw him evolving throughout the year.
“I thought he was already a mature kid and as the season went on I could see him maturing even more,” Tatarnic said. “I thought he did a great job helping our younger players make adjustments.”
The three alternates are Bennett Morrison, Mark Esposito and Ryan Bowen.
Kawaguchi is the younger cousin of NHLer Devin Setoguchi.