The Vancouver Giants have a new captain.
Thursday, the team announced that Washington Capitals prospect Alex Kannok Leipert has been named the 17th captain in franchise history.
“To the Giants ownership group, management team, coaching staff, support staff, fans and my teammates, thank you for giving me the honour of being the Captain of the Vancouver Giants,” Kannok Leipert said. “This is an unbelievable privilege and a responsibility that I won’t take for granted.”
The 6-foot-0, 195-pound product of Regina, Sask. was originally chosen by the Giants in the fourth round, 79th overall, of the 2015 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft. Since then, he’s become a regular part of the team’s lineup and a key part of their blue line.
In 67 games last season, Kannok Leipert posted 19 points (5G-14A), including one power-play goal and one game-winning goal. He added 12 points (2G-10A) in 22 games during the 2019 WHL Playoffs.
Through two games in the 2019-20 WHL Regular Season, he has one assist while the Giants sit atop the B.C. Division with a 2-0-0-0 record.
“In every way, Alex Kannok Leipert personifies what it means to be a Vancouver Giant,” said Giants head coach Michael Dyck. “He leads by example every day with his words and his actions. On the ice, in the community and especially with his teammates and the coaching staff, he’s extremely deserving of this opportunity.”
At the 2018 National Hockey League Draft, the Capitals selected Kannok Leipert in the sixth round, 161st overall.
Kannok Leipert has appeared in 137 WHL regular season games with the Giants, posting 44 points (11G-33A), including one power-play goal and two game-winning goals. He’s recorded 12 points (2G-10A) in 28 WHL playoff games.
After beginning their season on the road, the Giants return home to the Langley Events Centre for their home opener on Friday, September 27 (7:30 p.m. PT) against the Portland Winterhawks.