Despite their age, a pair of 17-year-olds who proved their leadership qualities last season will lead the Penticton Vees in 2015-2016.
Forward Tyson Jost has been named the Vees’ captain and defenseman Dante Fabbro has been named assistant captain.
Jost said the title comes with a lot of honour and responsibility, something he saw in previous leadership groups with the Vees.
“Last year, I had the opportunity of being led by two of the most humble, hardworking captains and I learned a lot from their leadership style. This year I will do my best to lead in the same way as those two. By always giving 110 per cent in everything I do, leading by example, and placing team success in front of individual success.”
Jost averaged nearly a point per game as a 16 year old. His 23 goals were tied for the team lead. Jost didn’t shy away from the spotlight in the playoffs, scoring a team-best 10 goals in 21 BCHL playoff games, en route to the Vees Fred Page Cup Championship win over Nanaimo. He turned heads at the Western Canada Cup (WCC), compiling five goals and six points as the Vees won their first ever WCC Championship in franchise history. Jost was also named the tournament’s top forward and top scorer. He shined on the national stage as well, picking up three goals and four points at the 2015 RBC Cup in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.
Fabbro, like Jost, relished playing a key role for the Vees despite being their youngest defenseman on the blue-line. The 16 year old was the third-highest scoring defensemen on the Vees roster this year.
“It really means a lot to me,” said Fabbro of the appointment. “I learned so much from the group of guys last year in how they handled every situation that came toward them. I like to think that I can lead by example and show how dedicated I am to the team and team success.”
The bigger the stage, the better Fabbro played, as the blue-liner had a pair of goals and three points in five games at the WCC, and another three assists in five more games at the RBC Cup. Fabbro played a key role on the Vees blue-line in the post-season and his performance at the RBC Cup led to him being named the tournament’s top defenseman.
President, general manager and head coach Fred Harbinson says it was an easy decision picking the leadership group.
“Tyson and Dante both have the attributes and demeanor that we require out of our captains. Their consistent work ethic, desire to learn and overall professional approach both on and off the ice is what has created a respect from their teammates, which will make Tyson the natural choice to wear the C and Dante one of our A(s).”
“As a coach it has been said that the most critical minutes in your work week is the few moments after you address your team and leave the room; it is at this point where you need your captains to reinforce that message, I believe Tyson has the strength and vision to lead our group.”
The Vees will name another assistant captain after the team’s main camp in Penticton in late August, and will look to their 20 year olds as part of their overall leadership group.