On the new alternate captains.

Shawn Collymore and Luke Beaverson have both been alternate captains
before, just not at the pro level. That changed Wednesday with the
announcement that each would wear an “A” this season for the Reign.

“It’s something that I wanted,” said Collymore. “That being said, I’m
glad to split the job with the boys. It works out great for me.”

Collymore, 27, was the captain of his junior team, the QMJHL’s Quebec
Remparts, for two seasons. Beaverson went the college route and served
as an alternate his junior year at Alaska-Anchorage before wearing the
“C” as a senior.

“I’ve done it before, so it’s not a stretch by any means,” said Beaverson, 25. “It kind of
comes with being an older guy. We have some younger guys here, but a lot
of them look up to the older guys. They’re still finding their way
around here, so they can look up to the older guys.”

Reign coach Karl Taylor said the voting was overwhelming – 19 of 22 ballots listed David Walker, Jon Francisco or Chad Starling. Walker was named captain, and Francisco and Starling became alternates.

“That’s a good thing,” he said, “but I
didn’t want to have a leadership group based on who’s been here, so I
wanted to include some new players to our team so we have a more
balanced look. We have lots of leaders in the room. I wouldn’t have
forced it on anybody, but based on trying to get new people in, based on
how they played and what they bring.”

Collymore and Beaverson were both approving of Walker’s choice as captain.

“He’s a team player and he steps it up for the boys when in need,” Collymore said. “If
something happens out there, he’s the first guy to come in, make a
sacrifice for the team. It’s a great quality to have as a leader. He’s a
vocal guy as well. He seems to always know what’s going on. He’s on the
ball with everything like that.”

“He’s an excellent leader,” Beaverson added. “He leads by example. He’s vocal. He gets guys going, plays hard and smart, blocks shots and fights.”

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.
  • Crossbar

    I’d be curious to know how the other teams in the ECHL, if not hockey in general, go about choosing their captains and alternate captains.

  • J.P. Hoornstra

    I asked Beaverson about it, actually. He said it’s about 50-50. In his experience either there’s a vote, or the coach picks the guy he wants. That seems to jell with my experience, too.

    Karl Taylor has done it a couple different ways. Year 1, the way he explained it to me was that the players got one vote and he got the other. (That year, Taylor said, his choice was narrowed to two guys and the players’ vote of Jon Francisco broke the tie.) The next year, Taylor chose Francisco. This year, the players voted and Taylor obviously approved of David Walker.

    Walker said one year in Long Beach he was one of 5 or 6 different captains. If a player wasn’t performing, the coach (Malcolm Cameron) would take away the “C” and give it to someone else. Judging by Walker’s tone of voice, not all the players were fond of that leadership style.

    In the last few years covering the Ducks, I’ve seen Randy Carlyle do it a couple different ways, too. He chose Chris Pronger in 2007-08. He chose Scott Niedermayer the next year (interestingly, even though Pronger was still on the roster). This year, he let the players vote; it was really close but he let the players’ pick of Ryan Getzlaf stand.

    So it all seems to depend both on the coach and the circumstances.

    Hope that helps!

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