Hometown Blazer to wear 'C' this season

Nick Chyzowski, left, has been named captain of the Blazers after growing up and playing his minor hockey in Kamloops.
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KAMLOOPS - Nick Chyzowski will lead the team he grew up watching after being chosen as team captain of the Kamloops Blazers for this season.

The 20-year-old Valleyview Secondary graduate played four games with the club as a 15-year-old before joining the team full-time the next year. In 273 regular season games, the centreman and winger has put up 88 points, 42 coming in a breakout campaign last season.

“Nick exemplifies all the qualities we see in a captain,” Blazers general manager Stu MacGregor says in a media release. “He has the respect of our coaching staff and our dressing room. He is consistently one of our hardest workers both on and off the ice."

Chyzowski's dad Dave played for the Blazers in the 1980s and is now working for the organization following a professional hockey career.

Serving as the Blazers' alternate captains this season will be defenceman Joe Gatenby, 20, and forward Garrett Pilon, 19, the team says.

Gatenby joined the team last season following a trade with the Kelowna Rockets. He has 83 points in 247 regular season games and has played 58 playoff games.

In two seasons with the Blazers, Pilon has scored 35 goals and added 77 in 140 games. He was drafted in the third round of the 2016 NHL draft by the Washington Capitals and signed his first professional contract earlier this year.


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