Tri-City Storm Name Captains
Thursday October 18, 2012
The Tri-City Storm have named Brian Ward as captain, while Heikki Liedes and Tim Bonner have been designated as assistant captains for the team. (photo courtesy of Tri-City Storm)
Ward to wear "C" for Storm this season
by Jared Shafran, Tri-City Storm
Tri-City Storm head coach Josh Hauge announced team captains for the 2012-13 season, naming third-year USHL veteran Brian Ward as captain, while Tim Bonner and Heikki Liedes were designated assistant captains.
“All these guys have been here for my entire tenure so they know what we’re trying to do here,” Hauge said. “We’re not off to the start that we wanted, but with giving these guys more responsibility and showing everyone they’re our leaders, I think it will give us the kick we need to get over the edge and they’ll take a lot of pride and responsibility in leading us.”
Ward, a native of Haverhill, Massachusetts, has 20 goals and 14 assists in his career with the Storm that has now spanned parts of three seasons. Through five games this year, he leads the team with three goals.
“I’m just excited; it feels good,” Ward said. “I’m just trying to lead by example. I’ve been a little more vocal the past couple weeks and I’m just trying to step up and take the team in the right direction.”
Bonner and Liedes are each playing in their second season with Tri-City. Bonner, a native of Osseo, Minnesota finished the 2011-12 season with 21 goals and nine assists, while Liedes, who hails from Hameenlinna, Finland, had 12 goals and five assists.
“Tim’s just very likeable,” Hauge said. “He’s a no nonsense kid who has a great ability and he’s a guy you can go and talk to if you have any issues. Heikki is a warrior, a battler, and a guy who brings it every single night. He approaches the game like a pro, he’s very meticulous and detailed and will do whatever it takes for the team to win, whether that means he has to fight, block a shot, or score a goal.”
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