Bruggen-Cate chosen as T-Birds new team captain

Replaces traded Wedman

  • Wednesday, January 15, 2020 4:14pm
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Seattle Thunderbirds general manager Bil La Forge announced Wednesday the team has named Conner Bruggen-Cate team captain for the remainder of the 2019-20 Western Hockey League season.

“We are fortunate that we have a large group of guys that are able to lead,” said La Forge in a news release. “Conner has shown that he is right at the top of that group. Players, young and old, look up to him and he has shown great leadership all season.”

The T-Birds assistant captains will be Tyrel Bauer, Keltie Jeri-Leon, Owen Williams, Henrik Rybinski and Max Patterson, who will all rotate wearing a letter during the season.

Bruggen-Cate is the 38th captain in team history and replaces Matthew Wedman, who was traded to Kelowna in December, as team captain for this season. Nolan Volcan was the team captain during the 2018-19 season.

Bruggen-Cate is third on the team in scoring with 11 goals and 16 assists for 27 points and has an eight-game point streak.

Bruggen-Cate was acquired from the Kelowna Rockets on May 2, 2019. In 241 games over five seasons with the T-Birds and Rockets he has 37 goals and 62 assists for 99 points.

The T-Birds next game is Friday, Jan. 17, against the Regina Pats at accesso ShoWare Center at 7:35 p.m. This game is the fourth and final Dave and Buster’s Pub Night of the season. Fans can get a ticket, hat and beer to the game for $22 with a minimum purchase of 10.

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