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Phillip Fife, who will play his fourth season in the Maritime Junior Hockey League this season, has been named captain of the Truro Bearcats.
TRURO – Phillip Fife, a tireless worker and proven winner during a three-year career in the Maritime Junior Hockey League, has been named captain of the Truro Bearcats.
Fife, a five-foot-10, 185-pound forward, was an easy choice for head coach Shawn Evans and his staff when deciding who would lead the team during the 2013-14 season.
“He has the championship experience, he plays with his heart on his sleeve and he has the burning desire to win,” said Evans.
Fife, 20, was an assistant captain last season. He is the 15th captain in team history and he succeeds Travis Moore, who graduated from junior hockey at the completion of last season.
“I’m very proud, especially with such a great organization,” Fife said of being named captain of the Bearcats. “I hope I can follow in the footsteps of Travis Moore and win a championship.”
Fife joined the Bearcats last season after spending two years playing for the Woodstock Slammers, where he won Maritime and Eastern Canadian championships in 2012.
He quickly became a fan favourite in the Hubtown by playing a fearless, honest and hard-working game. He scored the biggest goal in Bearcats’ franchise history when he netted the double-overtime winner in the Fred Page Cup final last April to give the team its first Eastern Canadian title and a berth in the Royal Bank Cup national championship.
“He’s got the knack to step up to the front of the line in the big moments,” Evans said. “Some guys, when it’s all on the line, don’t want to be on the ice. Phil doesn’t want to come off.”
Fife said those previous postseason experiences will be a major benefit in leading the Bearcats, who after a successful season will be squarely in the crosshairs of opposing teams.
“Playing a long season almost every year I’ve been in the league helps a lot, and hopefully we’ll have a long one this season – that’s the goal,” he said.
Fife said he prefers to lead by example, and will “do whatever it takes to win.” He also doesn’t mind being the voice in the dressing room when needed, another quality Evans likes about the Oromocto, N.B., native.
“Phil’s not afraid to put people in their place and I think that’s important,” Evans said. “I expect him to be the voice. He’s been around the block and he knows what it takes.”
Hometown: Oromocto, N.B.
Size: 5-10, 185 lbs.
Experience: Fourth year in MHL; second with the Truro Bearcats.
Education: Plans to attend Dal AC.
2013-14 – Phillip Fife
2012-13 – Travis Moore
2011–12 – Matt English
2010–11 – Evan Watts
2009-10 – Ben MacAskill
2008-09 – Sam Hounsell
2007-08 – Rodi Short
2005-07 – Matt Beaver
2004-05 – Glen Frazee
2003-04 – Jim White
2002-03 – Joel Isenor
2001-02 – Bryant Fraser
2000-01 – Alan Dwyer
1999-00 – Todd Kennedy
1997-99 – Robbie Dickson