The Campbell River Storm Junior Hockey Club have announced Jordan Rauser, Braydon Horcoff and Josiah Friesen as captains for the upcoming 2014-2015 season.
This leadership group carries several games of Junior experience between them. Local boy, Rauser will don the ‘C’ while Horcoff and Friesen will wear two of the team’s three ‘A’s.
Rauser, 20, is entering his third season with his hometown team and has played in 97 games in a Storm jersey. This past season, Rauser donned an ‘A’ as one of the teams Assistant Captains and tallied 3 goals, 7 assists for 10 points and 55 penalty minutes helping the Storm finish 2nd in the North Division and win their first playoff series in eight seasons against the Naniamo Buccaneers. Rauser will be looked upon to continue his solid, two-way game from the backend as well as providing grit and toughness in what will be a young defensive core.
Rauser says he doesn’t feel any pressure with being a Captain in his hometown, “it’s a great honour to be named captain of the Storm. Being born and raised in Campbell River, it is a great feeling to be able to represent this town.”
He continued to discuss some of the goals of this year’s team, “building off of last year’s success we will look to be a hard working team on the ice and a hard working group off the ice in the community. Our goal is to bring Championship Hockey back to Campbell River.”
Horcoff, 20, from Prince Rupert, is entering his second season with the Storm and his fourth in Junior Hockey after winning a KIJHL Championship with the Castlegar Rebels two seasons ago. Last season Horcoff produced career highs in goals (8) assists (24) and points (32) split between the Princeton Posse and the Storm.
Friesen, 20, from Surrey, is entering his third season with the Storm. Friesen was a mainstay on the club’s checking line playing some of the hardest minutes against the league’s best players. His penalty killing acumen is a big reason why the Storm held the first ranked penalty kill throughout the season at over 90%. Last season Friesen tallied 9 goals, 13 assists for 22 points in 46 games and will be relied upon to improve those numbers.
The Storm will announce the remainder of their leadership group at the conclusion of Exhibition games and beginning of the Regular Season.