The Niagara IceDogs have a new captain.
The Ontario Hockey League club posted a story on their website Monday naming Landon Cato as the captain for the 2022-23 season.
“We are very excited to name Landon our leader, he is a class act,” IceDogs general manager Darren DeDobbelaer said. “Landon was a clear choice in the way he conducts himself on and off the ice. He shows leadership in a big way.”
DeDobbelaer purchased the team last month from long time owners Bill and Denise Burke, pending approval from the OHL.
DeDobbelaer responded “Not yet” to a text message asking if the sale had been approved.
The 19-year-old Cato is the 15th captain named in franchise history, taking over from Dakota Betts, whose graduated following last season.
“I am truly honoured to be named the captain of the Niagara IceDogs. I’m really looking forward to the year ahead and helping lead this team to success,” Cato said.
Since being drafted in 2019 Cato has made a name for himself in Niagara from his acts of service and presence in the community. Last month, Landon was nominated for the Dan Snyder Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the OHL Humanitarian of the Year.
“I am looking forward to getting back to the Meridian Centre and playing in front of our fans and giving them a winning environment, Cato said. “As a part of the leadership group and being one of the older guys on the team, my job is to show the younger players what it takes to be successful in this league. It starts with showing up to the rink and giving 100 per cent effort, 100 per cent of the time. I want to help form a winning team and with the group we have I feel we can reach that goal.”
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