Just a month plus a day after closing out their up and down 2015-16 season and captain Josh Baird seeing the end of his junior career, the Kelowna Chiefs have announced their new captain for the upcoming season.
With two KIJHL seasons (112 games-5 goals-23 assists) with the Chiefs under his belt, 19 year old (1996) defenseman Josh "Johnny" Johnston will wear the "C" for the Chiefs. As a member of the BCMML Champion Okanagan Rockets in 2013-14 Josh is no stranger to success or hard work.
"I can't wait for the new season to start." Johnston said. "Talking with our management team during this process, it's pretty clear we all have high expectations. They're recruiting aggressively and we'll have a solid group of guys next season. I was a bit surprised but am of course honoured to be named."
Chiefs coach Jason Tansem says, "We wanted to name him early and create our identity for next season. This was the first and very important step in building our club for 2016-17." Johnston served as assistant captain under Baird the last part of this past season and the stalwart defenseman took to the roll well. "Johnny is a solid player and a tremendous individual off the ice." continued Tansem.
The Chiefs will undoubtedly be served well by their new captain who plays with a calm and even demeanor but with a fiery competitiveness. When Johnston skates onto the ice as captain for the Chiefs' first game next season, it will be his 100th career KIJHL regular season game.