The Langley Rivermen Junior “A” Hockey Club is pleased to announce that Thomas Nitsche will be the second ever Captain in the clubs history. Nitsche, who is heading into his final BCHL season played in 55 games in 2011/2012 and recorded 4 goals and 15 assists in his rookie campaign.
“It is definitely an honor and it is nice to start off with something new and what I can call my own and overall really excited to get going with a new group of guys and teach them what it takes to win and hopefully get in the win column right away,” Nitsche said.
Nitsche did not have a letter on his sweater last season, but as time went along, he began to feel more like a leader,
“At the start of last season being a 19 year old rookie it was difficult to be looked at as a leader, but toward the end of the season I felt that I was looked at more in a leadership role and hopefully I can leave a good mark on this team in the coming year,” Nitsche explained.
Head Coach Bobby Henderson feels Nitsche emulates everything he looks for in a captain,
“Thomas is a guy that competes game in and game out and has a very strong desire to win, which will rub off on the other players,” said Henderson, “we look for him to provide the group direction and demand accountability on a nightly basis, and therefore he is very deserving of this”.
The North Carolina native wants to be a player that everyone respects, but is not feared,
“I am a guy that will lay out on the line every night and I hope to be respected not only on the ice, but off the ice in the community as well and just really hope to lead by example for everybody apart of the organization,” Nitsche said.
Nitsche kept a close eye on last year’s Captain Ryan Bakken and feels he picked up on some things,
“Ryan did a good job with us last season and learned a lot from him, especially staying level headed on the bench as he always seemed to be at an even keel emotionally and never got to high or to low and did a great job of keeping us relaxed in the toughest of times”.
The new captain is serious about having a successful year as he has already arrived in Langley gearing up for the 2012/2013 season,
“I came back early for a couple different reasons, but the main reason is to stay close to the community and to the team and be involved with everything going on this summer with community events and what not and will also be training as well,” Nitsche finished.