Veteran blueliner Dawson Barteaux will have plenty on his plate during the 2019-20 Western Hockey League season.
Not only will the 19-year-old Dallas Stars prospect anchor the Red Deer Rebels’ back end, but he’ll serve as the team’s official on-ice leader. The Foxwarren, Man., native was anointed as the Rebels’ captain late Tuesday afternoon, succeeding Reese Johnson.
“It’s a big honour. The names before me (previous captains) are obviously big names,” he said. “For sure, coming off a year like last year with Reese Johnson . . . he’s one of the best leaders I’ve ever had so I kind of look up to him and model my leadership after him.
“That’s what I’m planning to do this year.”
With the Rebels icing a very young team in the upcoming season, Barteaux was always going to take on a major leadership role.
“Whether I had the ‘C’ or not I was going to be a leader,” he said. “It doesn’t make a huge difference. Obviously it’s an honour but nothing really changes.”
The Rebels coaching staff hasn’t announced alternate captains for the season, but the likes of Ethan Sakowich, Brett Davis and Cam Hausinger are prime candidates.