It didn't take long for the West Kelowna Warriors to find their new leader.
The Warriors Tuesday announced sophomore Matt Anholt will serve as captain when the club begins the 2013-2014 season.
Anholt will replace two-year captain Max French whose junior eligibility ran out at the conclusion of the season.
The 19-year-old Prince Albert, SK native scored nine times and added 22 assists in 51 games during his rookie season with the Warriors while filling mostly a checking roll with the club.
“It’s a real honour to be named the captain of the Warriors,” says Anholt.
“Especially following in the footsteps of Max French is something special. I feel like we’re going to have a real strong team again next year, with a great group of returning players. I would like to thank Rylan and the entire Warriors organization, for giving me this opportunity.”
Along with his 31 point regular season Anholt added three goals and four assists in 10 playoff games.
"Matt will be a great person to lead the team,” says Warriors head coach and GM Rylan Ferster.
“He demonstrated a lot of leader type qualities this past year. Also, being around the very good leadership group we had this past season will be helpful. Matt is a team first guy that shows up every night."
Ferster says Anholt was a good leader while playing for the Prince Albert Mintos in midget hockey, and saw leadership qualities from his very first interview with Matt.
Anholt will be joined by three former Mintos for the upcoming year in Kylar Hope, Adam Osczevski, and Tanner Bugrardt.
Players hoping to wear the Warriors colours next season will arrive mid-Aug for the start of main camp on Friday, Aug 23.
Assistant captains will be named after training camp.