When the Sudbury Wolves hit the ice at Sudbury Arena tonight for the opening game of the regular season, Kevin Raine will be be sporting the C on his chest.
The team announced Sept. 19 veteran defenceman will serve as the Pack's captain this year. Head Coach Paul Fixter and Associate Coach David Matsos made the announcement early yesterday evening.
"He is a natural leader and he has won championships with the London Knights and he knows what it takes to win," said Fixter. “Everyone on the team respects Kevin for his work ethic and the way he prepares himself for each and every practice and game."
Just back from a try-out with the Toronto Maple Leafs, it's the 20-year-old's fourth season in the OHL and his second with the Wolves. The native of Dryden, Ont., was acquired in January, 2013 from the London Knights. Raine won an OHL Championship with the Knights in 2012, finishing as runners-up in the 2012 Mastercard Memorial Cup.
“It is a great honour to be named team captain," Raine said. "We have a great group of guys in this room that are willing to work hard and do whatever it takes to win. The expectations for our team are very high this season and everyone is on board.”
Mathew Campagna, Nick Baptiste and Jeff Corbett were named alternate captains.
“Mathew, Nick and Jeff are all very capable leaders and will provide added support to Kevin,” Fixter said.
The team's leading scorer last year, Campagna, 19, is entering his fourth season with the Wolves and is a former first round selection of the Wolves. He's just back from a strong performance at the LA Kings main camp.
Ottawa native, Baptiste, was also a first round selection of the Wolves and is entering his third season with the team. Drafted in the third round by the Buffalo Sabres, he won a gold medal in Socchi, Russia at the World U18 Championships this year.
Corbett is back for a third season with the Wolves. Hailing from Uxbridge, Ont., the 19-year-old's leadership skills did not go unnoticed by the Wolves' coaching staff. July saw Corbett at the Ottawa Senators NHL Camp.
Raine and the Wolves open the regular season Sept. 20 hosting the Soo Greyhounds at 7:30 at Sudbury Arena.