Jaffray Named IceCaps Captain
St. John’s IceCaps head coach Keith McCambridge has named Jason Jaffray captain of the American Hockey League team.
McCambridge made the announcement as the team prepared for its inaugural game tomorrow night against the Providence Bruins.
Jaffray is a 30-year-old Rimbey, Alberta native who signed with the Winnipeg Jets this summer. He has played in 36 NHL games with the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks, but is best known for his time with the AHL’s Manitoba Moose. Jaffray actually holds or shares six Moose records, including most game winning goals (19) and most power play goals (39).
“The coaching staff is very pleased to have Jason serve as captain,” McCambridge said. “He’s a veteran player in this league who understands the values of leadership. His work ethic will be a great example to the younger players on our team, as his skill level is augmented by his commitment to hard work.”
“Being named the first captain in this franchise’s history is truly an honour,” Jaffray stated. “I was humbled when Coach McCambridge asked me to wear the C. Being captain is not something I take lightly, and I plan to prove the coaches made a good decision by choosing me.”
McCambridge said alternate captains will be decided upon at a later date.
The St. John’s IceCaps begin their season 8:35 (NL time) Friday, Oct. 7 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, when they play the Bruins.
The St. John’s IceCaps hockey club is the newest team in the American Hockey League, and brings pro hockey back to St. John’s after a six-year hiatus. St. John’s is the farm team of the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets.
In operation since 1936, the American Hockey League serves as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 87 percent of today’s NHL players are AHL graduates, and through the years the American Hockey League has been home to more than 100 honoured members of the Hockey Hall of Fame.