The London Knights on Wednesday announced JJ Piccinich to be the team’s captain for the 2016-17 season, with Owen MacDonald and Victor Mete serving as assistant captains.
As customary in years past, the three positions were selected by a team vote, said a London Knights media release.
“We are happy to have continued on this tradition of the team selecting the leadership group this season,” said Knights’ General Manager Rob Simpson in a statement. “This process shows the trust and respect everyone has in that room for these outstanding young men.”
Piccinich is currently playing in his overage year during the 2016-17 season. The New Jersey native was a member of last year’s MasterCard Memorial Cup winning team, and was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the fourth round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
MacDonald is the longest serving Knight and has been with the team since he was drafted in the second round of the 2012 OHL Priority Selection. MacDonald, who hails from Elora, is also in his overage year, after spending his entire career in the Forest City. Following last season’s MasterCard Memorial Cup championship, he was an invitee to the St. Louis Blues’ NHL camp.
Mete is currently in his third season with the London Knights. The Woodbridge native was originally drafted by the Owen Sound Attack in the first round of the 2014 OHL Priority Selection and made his way to the Knights via trade following completion of the 2014 Draft. He was fdrafted this year by the Montreal Canadiens in the fourth round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
“With a dressing room filled of dedicated leaders beyond the captains, including the returning Memorial Cup champions, having JJ, Owen, and Victor lead this team is something the players, as well as the coaching staff is very proud of,” said Knights’ Head Coach Dale Hunter in a statement.