On Friday, September 27, the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League (WHL) announced that Washington Capitals defensive prospect Alex Kannok Leipert has been named the 17th captain in the history of the organization.
“To the Giants ownership group, management team, coaching staff, support staff, fans and my teammates, thank you for giving me the honour of being the Captain of the Vancouver Giants,” said Alex Kannok Leipert. “This is an unbelievable privilege and a responsibility that I won’t take for granted.”
“This is something you dream of.” – @AKannok
The captain shares his thoughts on being named the 17th captain in the history of the franchise. pic.twitter.com/X0TVIE4cvJ
— Vancouver Giants (@WHLGiants) September 26, 2019
Giants head coach Michael Dyck stated, “In every way, Alex Kannok Leipert personifies what it means to be a Vancouver Giant. He leads by example every day with his words and his actions. On the ice, in the community and especially with his teammates and the coaching staff, he’s extremely deserving of this opportunity.”
“Very well deserved.” Dyck continued by saying, “He was a leader in the room last year and has a lot of respect in the room from the older guys and the younger guys. I think he was everyone’s choice for captain. He’s certainly willing to take on the responsibility. He’s one guy that embodies our identity, he’s hard to play against, he’s a great teammate, he’s physical, he’s fast…he’ll do a great job.”
Kannok-Leipert was selected by the Washington Capitals in the sixth round (#161 overall) of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, becoming the first-ever Thai-born player to be selected in the NHL Draft.
By Jon Sorensen