Maine Hockey Journal

Maineiacs leadership will be front and center

The Lewiston Maineiacs will have an army of leaders on the ice this season.

On Tuesday night, the team officially announced their captains for the upcoming season, naming Cameron Critchlow as captain of the Maineiacs’, wearing the “C” on his chest. His assistants will be Sam Finn, Pierre-Olivier Morin, Antoine Caron-Houde, Michael Chaput, and Samuel Henley.

“(Critchlow) is a good leader on and off the ice, he’s a hard worker, and is well liked by his teammates,” said Lewiston Maineiacs head coach J.F. Houle. “He does what you ask him to do and I think he will do great in that role.”

Critchlow, 18, is entering his fourth season in the QMJHL – his first full season with the Maineiacs – and was an assistant captain with Acadie-Bathurst, last season. He’s feels more than ready to take on captain’s role.

“It’s a big honor to represent the Lewiston Maineiacs as captain, and it’s going to be a challenge I look forward to,” Critchlow said.

Sam Finn will be Critchlow’s right hand man for all the games; Antoine Houde-Caron and Michael Chaput will be the assistants during home games, with Pierre-Olivier Morin and Samuel Henley serving the role on the road. Houle said it was his plan all along to have this many players wearing a letter.

“It’s a way to spread out the leadership,” Houle said. “We have some young players that we will give them a chance in that role.”

“It’s good to have good leaders and a lot of them.”

Finn, who was an assistant captain last season, is excited to have multiple captains on the club.

“It’s a great choice that the (team) made to have four captains,” Finn said. “If I had to decide, I wouldn’t know who to choose.”

“We have a lot of leaders on this team.”

Pierre-Olivier Morin is entering his fourth season within the Maineiacs’ organization is glad to be recognized by his fellow teammates.

“I am glad they chose and I will try to help the new guys,” said Morin.

Coming into the season, Morin had becoming a captain this season cross his mind.

“It was on the back of my mind,” he stated. “I just continued to play my game (during the pre-season).”

NOTES: Brayden Wood will arrive back in town for the second time this pre-season tomorrow. It’s unknown how long he will stay with team after weekend.

Christophe Lalonde has been suspended for the first five games of the season for his check from behind against the Moncton Wildcats last Friday. Due to QMJHL policy the league will not issue further comment on the situation.

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