It’s funny, the things you will miss if you’re not specifically looking for them…
Today, the Manchester Monarchs named defenseman Drew Bagnall as their captain. Bagnall is 26 and in his third season with the Monarchs, so it’s not difficult to see why he was the choice. In the role, he follows other veteran (and relatively veteran) guys such as Marty Murray, Gabe Gauthier and Jon Klemm.
In a news release, Manchester coach Mark Morris said, “Drew has emerged as our leader through his exceptional work habits and charismatic influence among his teammates. He leads by example. You can count on him to always put the team first. He’s a battler, willing to drop his gloves, block a shot or play with grit and tenacity against the opponent’s top lines as a shutdown defender.”
Bagnall said, “It’s an honor. We have a team full of guys that could all be great leaders. To be named the captain amongst this team and amongst the guys that I really admire and respect means a lot to me. I think I’m a mixture of both (lead by example and as a vocal guy). I try to produce on the ice and try to do my job, make sure that I’m accountable and at the same time hold my teammates accountable. Sometimes something has to be said and sometimes it’s not always what people want to hear, but it’s a responsibility you take on as being captain.”
Bagnall has one goal and three assists in 16 games for the Monarchs this season. You might remember him as the player who fought Rich Clune early in training camp last year.