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 Hunter Tyczynski Named 2015-16 Captain of the Sarnia Legionnaires.
August 23, 2015

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By Dan McCaffery

Petrolia's Hunter Tyczynski has been named the new captain of the Sarnia Legionnaires.

The 19-year-old forward replaces Nathan Mater, who is too old to return to the Jr. 'B' hockey club.

"It's an honour, a great feeling,” the St. Pat's High School graduate said after being handed his leadership role by head coach Mark Davis.

He added, “I've been here three years, when our captains were Jeff Paulley and Nathan Mater, so you couldn't pick better role models to show you the ropes.”

Davis said, “He's a fourth year player and I see great leadership in him. He's a great kid and a Legionnaire through-and-through. He's going to lead our hockey club for the next two years. Some guys put the 'C' on and go out and play an average game. Hunter backchecks, blocks shots and does whatever it takes to win. He'll take the young guys under his arm (and help them develop).”

Tyczynski said he plans to lead by example. “I learned from Paulley and Mater always to look after your teammates and be the best you can be. That's my goal.”

Tyczynski said young players are strongly motivated when they see veterans giving a total effort.

As for the Legionnaires, he said, “We're going to be a great team. The talent is unbelievable. We've got a lot of speed and a lot of skill.”

When he isn't playing hockey, the graduate of St. Philip's elementary school in Petrolia works as a technician at Acuren in Sarnia and at Petrolia Cross Fit. He is also a volunteer firefighter.

A draft pick of the OHL's Barrie Colts, Tyczynski was a fan of the Legionnaires when he was growing up. He is also a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs and an admirer of Mike Richards, who has seen NHL action with Philadelphia and Los Angeles.

Standing 6'1 and weighing 183 pounds, Tyczynski has earned a reputation as a good two-way player.

In 104 career games he has scored 23 goals and added 21 assists. On top of that, he had 23 points (including 11 goals) while playing 'AAA' minor midget during the 2011/12 season.

Assistant captains



l-r Jordan Fogarty, Brandon Layman and Ryan Trottier - file photos

Davis also announced his assistant captains will include Jordan Fogarty, Brandon Layman and Ryan Trottier.

"When I named them you could almost feel their hearts beating in the room, they were so excited,” Davis said.

As for training camp as a whole, the coach said he was pleased with the level of talent on hand. “The day was just awesome,” he said of the first day of camp, which was held Saturday, August 22.

Camp continues today (Sunday, August 23), with the annual Black and White game set for 2 p.m.






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