Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Saad to wear the 'C' for Saginaw

The Saginaw Spirit announced today that forward Brandon Saad has been named team captain and defenseman Brandon Archibald an assistant captain for the remainder of the 2011-12 season.

This move was necessitated by the Spirit’s recent transactions with Barrie and Ottawa with former captain Ryan O’Connor going to the Colts and one-time assistant John McFarland going to Ottawa.

Saad, a signed prospect of the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks, has recorded 12 goals and has added 18 assists in 19 games so far this season. The Gibsonia, Pa., native also suited up with Team USA at the recently-completed World Junior Hockey Championship, posting 1-5-6 numbers in the tournament for the American squad.

Archibald came to the Spirit in a midseason deal in the 2010-11 season with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and has a goal and 10 assists on the season. The Port Huron native is a fourth-round pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets from the 2010 NHL Draft.

The two will join fellow assistant captains Josh Shalla and Brad Walch as letter-wearing members of the Spirit for the balance of the season.

“We as a coaching staff feel that having Saad as captain and Archibald as an alternate captain will bring an element of character and strength to our leadership group," said Saginaw coach Greg Gilbert. "Both players are solid individuals both on and off the ice and epitomize how we want our team to play and represent our organization.”

Saad photo/CHL Images

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