BY LINDSAY BRISCOE
After a six-week leadership evaluation process both on and off the ice, the English River Miners staff has appointed four mature players to lead the team this season.
Newcomer Bryan Kromm was chosen as team captain. His teammates—fellow newcomer Brandon Schaber and veterans Ryker Moreau and and Landen Matechuk—were chosen as alternate captains. All four players are 20 years old.
“We saw Bryan demonstrate leadership qualities on a consistent basis every day,” said Head Coach and General Manager Derek Sweet-Coulter. “We believe that when things aren’t going great individually with our players they need to march on, put the team’s needs first before their own. Bryan exemplifies this quality and we know without a doubt he will always think of the team’s needs first before his own, and that is why he was chosen as our leader for this season.”
Sweet-Coulter added that Kromm and the other captains consistently demonstrate a positive attitude, humility, and courage, and lead the younger players by example. All four are also dedicated community volunteers, helping at area schools, seniors’ clubs, and local events.
“We as a staff have no doubt that this leadership group will grow together and support each other and demonstrate to our younger players what being a Miner is all about…Everyone is in it together. The Miners live by this.”
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At the time of press, the Miners sat in fourth place after eight games, which included three wins, three losses, and two shoot-out losses.
“We are coming together as a team and realizing that when things aren’t going the way we want we have to stick together as a team, stay positive, and continue to battle together and things will be OK,” said Sweet-Coulter.
“I am a true believer that there are no shortcuts in life and that success is a by-product of just doing things the right way and being a good person…Everyday we wake up and we try to be better people not just better hockey players.”
He added that the Miners are “ecstatic” with the continued fan support.
“They are excited for every home game and see it as a privilege that they get to play in front of such an amazing crowd.”
The Miners’ next game is against the Dryden Ice Dogs this Friday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Ear Falls Arena. More information: www.englishriverminers.com.