Just call him captain Jake.
On the eve of the 2018-19 WHL season, the Regina Pats named Jake Leschyshyn as the captain of the club this season. The 19 year old is entering his 4th season with the club and takes the captaincy role from Sam Steel who is now vying for a spot with the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks.
Forward Nick Henry and defenceman Liam Schioler will serve as alternates.
The Pats begin the 68 game regular season with a matchup in Prince Albert.
The game will be the first for Dave Struch as the head coach of the team. The former Blades head coach, who served as an assistant under John Paddock, is excited to be calling the shots, but he adds those thinking the team will be different under him than it was under Paddock would be wrong.
“I think it has been the same. The returnees have noticed there hasn’t been a change from last year to this year.” Struch said. “There’s not a whole bunch of difference, but the players understand they are going to get a lot of opportunity and they are ready to show what they can do. Not all nights are going to be great, but they need to be prepared to work and if they do that as a group we will be okay.”
The Pats did get stronger on Thursday when the San Jose Sharks returned Max Paddock meaning defenceman Cale Fleury is the sole player at an NHL camp as he remains in Montreal.
Game time Friday night from Prince Albert is 7 pm. The game can be heard online on RM2.