The Moose Jaw Warriors have announced their leadership group for the 2019-20 season, led by forward Owen Hardy.
Also included in the leadership group are four players, featuring Anaheim Ducks prospect Brayden Tracey, 2020 NHL Draft prospect Daemon Hunt, as well as forwards Ryder Korczak and Tate Popple.
“It’s a huge honour first of all,” Hardy said after being named the 33rd captain in the team’s franchise history. “I’d like to thank the coaching staff and everybody that trusts me to take up this role.
“I just like to lead by example, be a good teammate, work hard, make the jersey and team proud.”
The 6-foot-1, 202-pound forward was added to the Warriors’ roster in a trade with the Vancouver Giants at the start of the 2019-20 Western Hockey League Regular Season. This season, Hardy has posted 13 points (9G-4A) in 20 games between the Giants and Warriors. In 250 WHL regular season games, Hardy has accumulated 80 points (39G-41A), including five power-play goals, one short-handed goal, and three game-winning goals. He’s also appeared in 29 WHL playoff games with the Giants, recording 15 points (6G-9A), including one game-winning goal.
Also named to the leadership group was Tracey, who signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Anaheim Ducks Wednesday. The 29th-overall selection from the 2019 NHL Draft has 22 points (10G-12A) in 13 games this season, including four power-play goals. For his WHL career, Tracey has 105 points (46G-59A) in 84 WHL regular season games, including 16 power-play goals and 11 game-winning goals.
From the blue line, Hunt will also serve with the leadership group. An ‘A’-rated prospect for the 2020 NHL Draft, the 6-foot-0, 194-pound Hunt is a product of Brandon, Man. and has 11 assists in 21 games this season. For his WHL career, Hunt has 33 points (8G-25A) in 87 WHL regular season games, including one power-play goal.
Acquired from the Calgary Hitmen in May 2019, Korczak has 29 points (8G-21A) in 21 WHL games this season, including a pair of power-play goals and two game-winning goals. To date, he’s appeared in 74 WHL regular season games, posting 44 points (16G-28A), including four power-play goals and three game-winning goals.
Rounding out the quintet is Popple, a 19-year-old product of Brandon, Man. This season, Popple has contributed three points (2G-1A) in 12 games, including one short-handed goal. In 133 WHL regular season games, Popple has racked up 44 points (19G-25A), including one power-play goal, two short-handed goals, and one game-winning goal.
The Warriors’ new leadership group will be showcased in their first game on Friday, November 29 (7:00 p.m. CT) when they play host to the Medicine Hat Tigers at Mosaic Place.