20-YEAR-OLD NAMED CAPTAIN, BREAKS RECORD ON BACK-TO-BACK NIGHTSWednesday, Oct 03, 2012
Brenden Kichton's consistency in his four years as a Chief allowed him to enjoy a pair of impressive personal achievements this past weekend.
In a pre-game ceremony on Saturday night he was named captain of the organization that selected him in the third round of the 2007 WHL Bantam Draft.
"Its a huge honor," Kichton said. "The previous captains were all great players and I'm just excited take the bull by the horns, get the season going and show some leadership."
On Sunday at Vancouver, Kichton broke the Chiefs' all-time scoring record for defenseman with an assist, his 185th career point which is one better than Bryan McCabe had in the early '90's.
After 262 career regular season and 33 playoff games Kichton knows that personal success is based on the support of all 27 players currently in the locker room.
"We can go a long way with this group," the 20-year-old said on Saturday. The conversation came following a 5-3 win over the Tri-City Americans in front of 8,867 fans.
"Obviously there are a lot of leaders on this team and I know (head coach) Don (Nachbaur) had a tough time picking captains."
Kichton is one of 19 veterans, including six defenseman, on Spokane's roster. He and fellow 20-year-old Blake Gal provide Spokane with a rare combination of two five-year Chiefs.
As Kichton has grown up through the organization he has played for three different captains. He broke into the league as a 16-year-old and played with a contingent of Chiefs who were carryovers from the Memorial Cup Championship, including 20-year-old Justin McCrae as captain. Jared Cowen served as captain the next two seasons, including Kichton's break out 18-year-old season where he scored 23 goals and 81 points. Last season, Kichton was an assistant captain to Darren Kramer, who wore the 'C'.
"A lot of them led by being vocal. I think I'm more of a lead by example type but I'm trying to be more vocal in the dressing room and on the bench. Those guys were great players before me and am looking to follow in their footsteps."
Kichton and the Chiefs will return to the ice this weekend with a pair of home games; Friday night against the Victoria Royals on The Black Book by Hagadone Directories Magnet Schedule Giveaway and Saturday versus Lethbridge on The Inlander's Social Media Saturday.
Tickets for all home games are available by calling the Chiefs office at (509) 535-PUCK or TicketsWest at (800) 325-SEAT.