Hitmen Captaincy – The Right Combination of Skill & Attitude
Hockey, like in any sport, has athletes who stand out for their ability to combine the right skill and attitude to achieve success. The Hitmen captaincy assembled under Head Coach Doug Jackman and staff fits that bill.
Drew Locke wears the “C” at all Hitmen home games, while Abby Newhook is Captain for all Hitmen road games. Both Locke and Newhook as returnees lead by example, which is a prerequisite for any captain at the AAA level. According to Jackman,” Drew brings great confidence and strong caring about his team to the rink, while Abby has that special mental toughness and trustworthiness about her game on and off the ice.”
On the skill side, Locke is a reliable defenseman in all zones with a great shot and fast wheels. Newhook, a forward who recently earned the spotlight for being recruited already to an NCAA school, is very strong at her edge work, ability to cycle and when attacking the net in tight. After being members of an Atlantic AAA Championship team before at the Peewee AAA level, both Locke and Newhook are up to the challenge of doing their part as leaders to hopefully wear gold again.
The remainder of the Hitmen’s captaincy consists of Alternate Captains James Clarke and Conor Shortall, both defensemen. Clarke was an alternate player last season, while Shortall is a returnee. Coach Jackman has been impressed with how Clarke holds his teammates accountable. “He has the ability to unify the team off the ice when it’s time to be loose and his work ethic makes him determined not to lose any battle when times get tough on ice,” observes Jackman. Shortall, on the other hand, stands out for his great attitude and ability to relate well with teammates and staff. “Connor’s confidence is contagious,” adds Jackman.
In terms of skill sets, Clarke is known for his offense, strong first pass and point shot. Jackman is quick to point out his play without the puck too, especially when it comes to controlling the gap and defending around the net. With Shortall, his offensive instincts allow him to know when to jump into the attack to create a scoring opportunity with his good shot. “Conor’s speed means he can join the rush and get back to defend as well,” suggests Jackman.
There you have it. Four young athletes wearing their letters proud and leading the Hitmen Hockey Club as Hosts for the 2018 Bantam AAA Atlantics!
by Tim Power