Saskatoon, SK – The Saskatoon Blades are pleased to announce 20 year old defenceman Evan Fiala as our team captain for the upcoming 2017-18 hockey season. Fiala was presented with the newest edition of the Blades’ pacman inspired 3rd jersey on Tuesday morning at a media conference held at Merlin Ford Lincoln in Saskatoon.
The new sweater comes from a modern spin on the classic pacman uniforms which have recently become the primary logo and outfit for the Blades. As for the new captain, Fiala was acquired by the Blades in a trade with Spokane in December of 2016. Over the course of four seasons, Fiala has suited up for 195 career regular season games, amassing 50 points and 349 penalty minutes.
“I’m very honoured, this is the first time in my life I’ve been named captain. I’ve worn an ‘A’ a few times in my career but putting on the ‘C’ is obviously really exciting.” Explained Fiala, while also maintaining his modesty. “At the same time, nothing really changes for me. I still plan to just be myself and lead by example and we’re fortunate to have a lot of great leaders and characters on our team so it really doesn’t matter who wears the letters.”
The Blades still have four overage players on the roster and while the captaincy puts Fiala at ease, he also knows anything is possible. “It’s somewhat of a relief but I’m also aware that anything can happen at any time, so like I said I’m still going to just be myself.”
Head Coach Dean Brockman says Fiala was in the running since he arrived last season. “Ever since we acquired Evan last December, his leadership qualities have been on full display and we knew after last season he would be a strong candidate to be a part of our leadership group. After talks with our management, coaching and training staff, we felt Evan was the prime candidate to lead this team.” said the Blades bench boss.
Evan Fiala becomes the 58th captain in Saskatoon Blades team history and is slated to take part in his first NHL main camp with the Detroit Red Wings later this week. He will be departing for Michigan on Wednesday.
The Saskatoon Blades open the 2017-18 WHL regular season at home on Friday, September 22nd versus the Swift Current Broncos. Game time is 7:00pm at SaskTel Centre. Click here for tickets or call 306.975.8844 to book your group night or experience package!