The Vancouver Giants announced today that 17-year-old forward Tyler Benson will be their captain for the 2015-16 season.
“We’re extremely proud to name Tyler as Captain,” said Giants Executive Vice President and General Manager Scott Bonner. “He’s exactly what we look for in a leader. He’s one of our hardest working players every night, and he has won at all levels from minor hockey up through the Ivan Hlinka tournament with Team Canada this past summer.”
Last season as a 16-year-old, Benson had 45 points (14-31-45) in 62 games and looks to build on that with the added responsibilities of being the Giants captain. He is still recovering from surgery for a lower body ailment that will likely keep him sidelined for a couple more weeks.
Benson is expected to be selected in the top 15 of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft next summer. With an added leadership role and an increase to his offensive production, he may see his draft stock raise even higher. He will be the highest drafted Giant since Evander Kane was taken 4th overall in 2009.
The Edmonton native was selected first in the 2013 Bantam draft and will now be the youngest captain in Giants history. Dalton Sward was captain for the Giants last season.
Jackson Houck will be interim Captain until Benson returns from injury, and will remain an alternate captain for the rest of the season. Thomas Foster and Carter Popoff will be also be alternate captains at home while Taylor Crunk and Dakota Odgers will wear an A on the road.
The Giants regular season opens tomorrow at 7:30 PM with the Seattle Thunderbirds in town.