For the second time in franchise history the Kitchener Rangers have named a Swedish-born forward team captain.
The team announced Tuesday that the 20-year-old from Hudiksvall, Sweden would become the next captain of the Rangers.
It’s Hugg’s second season in Kitchener, and he’s enjoying a much more productive campaign than his first foray into the OHL, going from 32 points in 66 games last season, to more than a point per game player this year,
“It is a huge honour to be named captain of the Kitchener Rangers,” said Hugg. “I am super happy and excited for the opportunity. It is nice to know the coaches think so highly of me.”
Rickard was part of the leadership group for Team Sweden as an assistant captain at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championshipsthis year. In 2017, Rickard captained Team Sweden to a silver medal at the IIHF World U-18 Championship.
The Rangers made OHL history in 2010 when they named Gabriel Landeskog team captain, the first European born and trained player to be made captain in league history.
Up until this point this season, Kitchener have went without a captain.
“We are happy to announce, Rickard will head up our leadership group for the remainder of the season. He possesses everything we feel a Ranger should be,” said general manager Mike McKenzie. “His compete level is consistent in games, practices and workouts no matter what the day or situation. He is a first-class teammate and always shows respect to everyone on and off the ice.
“He has an extremely positive attitude and goes about his business every day with no complaints. Most importantly, he provides a model for our younger players to look up to and understand that this is the standard to strive for as they get older and continue their development.”
Riley Damiani, Greg Meireles, Joseph Garreffa and Cole Cameron will also be part of the leadership group as the team’s rotating alternate captains.