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U16-Wilderness and U18-Wolves Announce Leadership Group - Junior Hockey News

Published: Thursday, 7 Jan 2021  
By: Arch Ecker

The Wenatchee Tier 1 U16-Wilderness & U18-Wolves teams have announced their captains for the 2020-21 season. 

For the U16-Wilderness, Stuart Carruthers will serve as the team captain, with Connor Jensen and Loghan Weber being named assistant captains. Carruthers is in his second season with the Wilderness and returns to the team as the second leading point getter from last year’s defense corps. Jensen is also a returning Wilderness player and is in his fourth season with the program. He led the Wilderness d-corps in points last year. Weber is in his first season with the team and has been the top offensive player through the team’s first seven games. 

Head Coach Ryan McKelvie commented on the U16 captains, “We have a strong leadership group on the Wilderness. These three players have not only been some of our top performing players on the ice, but they have also demonstrated great work ethic and a very high compete level. I believe these three players, along with some other leaders on the team, set an excellent foundation for our leadership group and will have a significant impact on the culture and type of team we have.”

For the U18-Wolves, Ian Lindberg has been named as the captain, with Jake Measel and Drake Flynn assistant captains. Lindberg is in his second season with the Wolves. The 6’4 defenseman brings a gritty physical presence and is one of the hardest working players on the ice every day. Measel and Flynn are both in their second season with the Wolves, and both have played in the program since starting with the U14-Wolverines. Measel currently leads the defensive corps in offensive production, while Flynn leads the forward group in offensive production. 

Coach McKelvie had this to say, “The Wolves have a lot of high character people and mature leaders in the locker room this year. I’m excited for these three players, that their teammates voted to recognize them as the captains. Lindberg had a fantastic off-season, and has earned his teammate’s respect with his work ethic and by being a great person on and off the ice. Measel and Flynn have both been in our program a long time and know the culture and expectations we have here. They are both expected to have significant roles on the team, and also lead with their high compete and battle levels on the ice.”

After a three-week break, the Wilderness and Wolves both return to action this week. So far, the U16-Wilderness have played nine games with a record of 5-3-1. The U18-Wolves have played nine games with a record of 5-4-0. 

Author: Arch Ecker

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