Media Release- Eagles Name Captains for Remainder of 2020-21 Season
SYDNEY - The Cape Breton Eagles have named their captains for the balance of the 2020-21 season. Overage defenseman Jarrett Baker has been named the club's captain, while Nathan Larose, Liam Kidney, and Connor Trenholm will serve as alternate captains. Eagles coach Jake Grimes describes his new captain Baker as "The guy that challenges his teammates to be the best they can be."
Baker, who hails from Black Rock, was acquired by the Eagles prior to the 2019-20 season from Drummondville. He was named an alternate captain for the second half of the 2019-20 season and continued in that role this year. This season he ranks fourth in QMJHL scoring among defensemen with 20 points in 17 contests. The 6'0, 206 pound blueliner was one of the nominees for the QMJHL's defensive defenseman of the year award this past spring.
Larose was acquired from Saint John halfway through the 2018-19 season, and like Baker was appointed alternate captain for the second half of last season. The 6'2, 194 pound blueliner is currently tied for the league lead in goals by a defenseman with ten. This year the overage blueliner has 17 points through 17 games. "He's been an elite player for us for two years," says Grimes about Larose's tenure in Cape Breton.
Kidney is in his third full season with the Eagles after being chosen in the eleventh round of the 2017 QMJHL draft. (He also appeared in five games as an affiliate player in 2017-18.). "He doesn't stop improving, he's a good glue guy," notes Grimes. "He's close with everyone on the team." The 6', 183 pound winger has 13 points in 17 games this season. The 19 year old forward currently leads Eagles forwards in goals with eight.
Trenholm was chosen in the third round of the 2019 QMJHL draft by Cape Breton and is in his second QMJHL season. Thus far this season he has 11 points in 17 matches. The 6'1, 191 centreman was recently given a "C" rating by NHL Central Scouting, indicative of a player who is expected to be chosen in the 2021 NHL draft between rounds four and six. 'I don't know if I've seen too many players with habits, attitude and work ethic that high," states Grimes.
The Eagles new leadership group will be wearing their letters on Saturday night when the Eagles visit the Charlottetown Islanders. The game will be broadcast on Eastlink Television, and will also be streamed online available for purchase at qmjhl.neulion.com/qmjhl. You can also hear all the action beginning with the pre-game show with Patrick McNeil at 6:30 PM on 1270 AM CJCB or online at www.cjcbradio.com.
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