Fiery centre Colton McCarthy has been named captain of the Vernon Vipers.
McCarthy, a 19-year-old Salmon Arm product, won a players’ vote held Wednesday after practice. The alternates are Riley Brandt, Liam Finlay and Mac Ferner.
“He’s a competitior,” said Viper head coach/GM Mark Ferner. “He comes by it honestly; it’s his nature. He didn’t say much in the dressing room last year, but he’s come out of his shell and he wants s leadership role. He’s been showing the younger guys how to do things.”
McCarthy, who rang up 25 points and 62 penalty minutes in just 35 games last year, actually found out he was captain Thursday morning through a phone message from The Morning Star.
“I just went to the gym and haven’t been to the rink so I guess there goes the surprise,” chuckled McCarthy, a Salmon Arm product. “I’m honoured for sure. I was an assistant growing up in minor hockey, but never a captain.
“I’m going to bring some leadership. I’ve been around some great captains and know what it takes to make the guys feel comfortable in the room and I also want to represent the community as a Viper. Kendall McFall in Moose Jaw was one of the best captains in the WHL and last year, Riley Guenther was a great captain with us.”
McCarthy joined the Vipers after spending eight games with the WHL Prince Albert Raiders. He compiled 8-9-17 and 95 penalty minutes in two seasons with Moose Jaw.
The Vipers open the 54th BCHL season Friday night against the Trail Smoke Eaters at Kal Tire Place.