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TRURO – With a tightknit locker room used to sharing everything, two members of the Truro Bearcats will split the captaincy for the upcoming season.

Third-year returning forward Brandon Pye will don the captain’s ‘C’ at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre, while newcomer defenseman Jake Primeau will carry the role on the road.

“We have a lot of great leaders on the team,” Pye said before practice on Thursday. “Anyone could have been chosen, so it’s an honour.”

Pye, who came up through the St. John’s minor hockey program, was humbled to be named the team’s 16th captain.

“I have to thank my minor hockey coach, Bob Thompson. He coached me the whole way up through. And my mom and dad, especially, they’ve been with me the whole way.”

Last season, Pye scored 23 goals to go with 24 assists to be among the Bearcats leading scorers as an assistant captain. In his short career, Pye has made appearances in the Telus Cup national midget championship, the Fred Page Cup eastern Canadian junior A championship and the RBC Cup national junior A championship.

Longtime Bearcats Daniel Perigo, Colby Lanceleve and Jordan McNaughton were named assistants.

Circumstances are a bit different for Primeau, who is still in the process of getting to know his new teammates.

“I came in here and didn’t know anyone, so to be named captain off just a couple days of camp is pretty special,” the six-foot-three defenseman said.

Despite not having the inside knowledge that Pye and the others have, Primeau’s age, experience and demeanor make him a natural leader for the ‘Cats.

“Being an older guy and having the experience of playing junior hockey for a few years, it helps me to be able to come in and lead the younger guys and show them the ropes,” he said. “I try to have a strong voice and be someone the guys respect.”

Having played previously with the Moncton Wildcats and Acadie-Bathurst Titan of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Primeau hasn’t had the chance to play for a contender yet in his junior career. Now in his final season of junior eligibility, Primeau came to the organization for one simple reason – to win.

“This is a team I’ve wanted to play for since I was 18 and came out here,” the British Columbia native said. “School is the long-term plan, but this year it’s to win a championship and play for a national title.”

So far Primeau is having no problems fitting in.

“They seem like a tight-knit group of guys, so I think it will be easy to join in and be an impact player right away,” he said. “It’s been awesome so far,” he said. “Everything about it, I love it.”

 

 

 

Third-year returning forward Brandon Pye will don the captain’s ‘C’ at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre, while newcomer defenseman Jake Primeau will carry the role on the road.

“We have a lot of great leaders on the team,” Pye said before practice on Thursday. “Anyone could have been chosen, so it’s an honour.”

Pye, who came up through the St. John’s minor hockey program, was humbled to be named the team’s 16th captain.

“I have to thank my minor hockey coach, Bob Thompson. He coached me the whole way up through. And my mom and dad, especially, they’ve been with me the whole way.”

Last season, Pye scored 23 goals to go with 24 assists to be among the Bearcats leading scorers as an assistant captain. In his short career, Pye has made appearances in the Telus Cup national midget championship, the Fred Page Cup eastern Canadian junior A championship and the RBC Cup national junior A championship.

Longtime Bearcats Daniel Perigo, Colby Lanceleve and Jordan McNaughton were named assistants.

Circumstances are a bit different for Primeau, who is still in the process of getting to know his new teammates.

“I came in here and didn’t know anyone, so to be named captain off just a couple days of camp is pretty special,” the six-foot-three defenseman said.

Despite not having the inside knowledge that Pye and the others have, Primeau’s age, experience and demeanor make him a natural leader for the ‘Cats.

“Being an older guy and having the experience of playing junior hockey for a few years, it helps me to be able to come in and lead the younger guys and show them the ropes,” he said. “I try to have a strong voice and be someone the guys respect.”

Having played previously with the Moncton Wildcats and Acadie-Bathurst Titan of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Primeau hasn’t had the chance to play for a contender yet in his junior career. Now in his final season of junior eligibility, Primeau came to the organization for one simple reason – to win.

“This is a team I’ve wanted to play for since I was 18 and came out here,” the British Columbia native said. “School is the long-term plan, but this year it’s to win a championship and play for a national title.”

So far Primeau is having no problems fitting in.

“They seem like a tight-knit group of guys, so I think it will be easy to join in and be an impact player right away,” he said. “It’s been awesome so far,” he said. “Everything about it, I love it.”

 

 

 

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