Bulls Unveil Captains for Upcoming Season

Sep 22, 2011 - 14:11 EDT
Written By: Sweetland, Josh

BELLEVILLE, ON - After a solid preseason, Bulls Head Coach and General Manager George Burnett and his staff have identified who they see leading the team into the 2011-12 season. The Bulls will have two new assistants joining captain Luke Judson and Stephen Silas who will wear the 'A'.

Burnett named Brady Austin and Brendan Gaunce as his other two assistants on Thursday afternoon, saying both players have exemplary leadership skills.

"Brady is a guy that serves as a great example to the younger guys on our team," said Burnett. "He's established himself as a leader in his approach and the way he prepares when he comes to the rink. He does a lot of little things behind the scenes and he's going to play a big role on this club."

Austin, who was acquired from the Erie Otters back in August in exchange for goaltender Tyson Teichmann, had two goals and two assists in six exhibition games. The Bobcaygeon native will play pivotal roles on both the powerplay and penalty kill for Belleville this season.

As for Gaunce, last season's second overall pick to the OHL will also have an 'A' sewn on his sweater after a solid rookie campaign that included 11 goals and 25 assists. "Brendan is one of the elite young players in the game right now and has huge expectations for himself this season," commented Burnett. "He'll be used in critical situations for us and we think very highly of him not only as a player, but as a young man."

Stephen Silas will return to the Bulls leadership core for the 2011 season after being an assistant last season. "Stephen has put in a lot of hard work this summer and he, along with our coaching staff anticipate that he will re-establish himself among the top two-way defencemen in our league this season."

Luke Judson enters his third season as captain of the Bulls. His 56 points a year ago set a career high as he put together an impressive line of 28 goals and 28 assists in 67 games.

The Bulls kick off their season on Friday night in Ottawa at 7:30pm. They'll open their home schedule on Saturday night at the Yardmen when they play host to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds at 7:05pm.