The Last Letter Standing
02/22/2012 3:51 PM - Mike Peck
I’m not sure if a team has ever lost three players in one season who wore letters. Should Brian Fahey, Rockford’s lone remaining captain, be nervous?
With the trade of Brandon Segal on Tuesday to Tampa Bay, Rockford is now without a team captain. Fahey previously shared the “A” with Brett McLean, but when McLean left the organization for Switzerland, the alternate captains were Fahey and Brian Connelly, who wore the letter fulltime.
Connelly of course was dealt to Calgary and now Fahey is the last letter standing! Rockford only had Segal and Fahey don the letters after Connelly’s departure. IceHogs head Coach Ted Dent will eventually have to name a new captain, and the logical “C” would be Fahey, and not because of his previous status.
Just because a player has been around the game the longest doesn’t mean that he’s a shoe-in to be the next leader. Fahey, however, has been great on and off the ice and is the elder statesman in the locker room. That of course isn’t saying much as right now 16 of the 23 players on Rockford’s roster is either a first or second year player.
Of the seven players with more than two years experience, four of them (Simon Danis-Pepin, Brandon Svendsen, Wade Brookbank and Matt Fornataro) have only been here for a short time and one of the others is goalie Alexander Salak. Brookbank did wear an “A” for 24 games last season.
With the NHL trade deadline looming on Monday, I wouldn’t be surprised if a new “C” is named until next week. Two logical alternate’s would include Rostislav Olesz and Ben Smith.
With as young as this team is, a second year player is more than likely going to end up in a letter and that’s a little unusual.
Speaking of the trade deadline, it’ll be interesting to see the movement and how it affects the IceHogs. This team can’t get any younger, can it?
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