(LaSALLE, ON) – Heading into his final season with the LaSalle Vipers, Nathan Savage has been named team captain for the 2016-2017 season. Savage became a full-time member of the Vipers during the 2012-2013 season and, since then, he has accumulated 60 goals and 85 assists in 184 career games.
“It’s a great honour to be selected as Captain of the Vipers,” Savage announced. “We have a very deep team this year and I have every expectation we’ll be playing in May. My goal is to help bring the Sutherland Cup back home to LaSalle.”
Savage’s appointment was backed by head coach and GM Bill Bowler.
“Nathan has been a consistent performer throughout his time with the Vipers,” said Bowler. “He understands what we are trying to accomplish here and this is a credit to his consistent play over the years.”
Savage’s two assistants have also been named. They are forwards Daniel Beaudoin and Eric Kirby.
After playing 36 games with the Ontario Hockey League’s Windsor Spitfires, Beaudoin returned to the Vipers lineup for 17 games, amassing 30 points. He also scored 11 points in 12 playoff games for LaSalle.
Kirby, who also served as an assistant last season, averaged a point-per-game in 2015-16, with 20 goals and 28 assists in 48 games.
The Vipers open the home portion of their season Wednesday night at 7:00pm against the London Nationals at the Vollmer Complex. Prior to the game, the team is hosting their annual free tailgate party starting at 4:30pm outside the Vollmer with a BBQ, giveaways, a wide range of inflatables, and entertainment featuring Crystal Gage.