Travis Konecny is in just his second year of major junior hockey, but that hasn’t stopped the Ottawa 67’s from naming the 17-year-old as captain.
And it wasn’t a difficult choice according to coach Jeff Brown.
“Travis has been a captain through his minor hockey years and just about everywhere he’s played,” Brown said on TSN 1200’s TGOR program. “He displays excellent character and comportment both at the rink and away from the arena and he sets the standard for players in major junior hockey by the way he acts and the way he works at his game.”
Konecny, fifth in Future Considerations’ October ranking for the 2015 NHL Draft, was selected first overall in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection and led Ottawa in points after recording 26 goals and 70 points in 63 games — his first. He was named the recipient of the Emms Family Award as the league’s top rookie.
“I am both humbled and honoured to have been chosen to wear the ‘C’ for an organization so widely respected throughout the hockey world,” Konecny told the 67’s website. “It’s a privilege for Brendan and I to represent our franchise, our teammates and our fans.”
Konecny also captained Canada’s gold medal entry at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial in August.