NEW GLASGOW – He may only be 14 years old, but Grant Fraser carries himself like a man and understands the role he’s been asked to play this season with the Scotsburn Crushers.
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Grant Fraser, 14, of Stellarton was recently named the captain of the Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers. This is Fraser’s second season with the team. Last year he had four goals and 13 points in 29 games.
In his second season with the major bantam squad, Fraser said it was an honour to receive the ‘C’, but with a number of other returning players on the team he didn’t know what decision the coaches would make.
"It means a lot and there’s a lot of responsibilities that come with being the captain and you’re expected to be here on time every time, to be the first one here and last one to leave,” said Fraser. “It’s always an honour to be named captain, but there’s also a lot of deserving people in there that could’ve easily been selected.”
Fraser said the practice before he was named captain that head coach Jeff Green talked with a number of the second year players about the decision and that the team would select the assistants.
“To have a coach with that much experience, just to coach my team makes me feel great,” he said. “I know he knows what he’s talking about, knows the game and it’s nice to be awarded captain by someone like him.”
With the team opening their NSMBHL season this Saturday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre against the Newbridge Senators, Fraser said he doesn’t expect being named captain to affect his play at all.
“It’ll definitely boost my confidence a lot, but you’re just expected to play at your best every game no matter who you are so it won’t affect how I play each game,” he said.
When asked about the atmosphere in the room heading into the weekend he said it was more positive than last season. Fraser added that the team is getting excited for the season to start and that he believes Green is helping their team come together already.
“We definitely need to stay positive and we have to work hard to reach our goal because it’s not going to come easy,” he said. “Last year we had a lot of great players, but there was a lot of negativity. I think this year with Jeff’s experience coaching he can help bring us to the middle of the pack or higher.”
Puck drop this Saturday is 7 p.m.
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