The Portage Terriers officially named the newest captain in franchise history this past Sunday.
Kian Calder will now follow in the footsteps of his big brother, Logan Calder, the last Terrier to wear the C patch before being shipped out to Dauphin for their MJHL title run last season.
"I was pretty pumped up about it when I found out. It's quite the honour."
Kian, now in his second stint with the organization, highlights that last year's trade to the Estevan Bruins was massive for preparing him for this role.
"It was a really big step in my career, going away from home, winning a championship out in Estevan."
Kian says that as a kid from Portage la Prairie, along with his dream to make the NHL, there was hope that he would one day be in this position for his hometown MJHL team.
"I never would have thought growing up that I'd be the captain of the team. I always dreamed about that kind of stuff, but it's finally a reality for me," adds the 20-year-old. "I worked hard my entire life for an opportunity like this, and I'm really glad that the coaching staff and the team chose me. There's a lot of leaders in our room who are capable of doing it."
The right-handed defenceman shares that his type of leadership is to lead by example, first and foremost, but adds if a voice needs to be heard in the room, he is comfortable stepping up.
He points to his current position at his former high school, Portage Collegiate Institute, in a Life Skills role as helping his maturity grow.
"You learn a lot doing these jobs. The kids look up to you, and you get to be a positive role model for these kids."
In his last year of junior hockey eligibility, Kian notes that this honour is something he will take pride in, especially with the Terriers slated to host the Centennial Cup this May.