Photo by Don Fennell
Matt Brown is the new captain of the Richmond Sockeyes.
Less than three weeks after helping his hometown team to the provincial Junior B hockey championship, Brown, 19, has received another honour. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound defenceman has been chosen to lead the Pacific Junior Hockey League team into the 2018-19 season.
A four-year veteran of the Sockeyes, Brown brings great character to the team, and was an associate captain this past season. His defensive prowess helped lift the team to the Cyclone Taylor Cup.
But Brown also showed he has some offence to his game, scoring three goals and assisting on 11 others in 33 regular-season games in 2017-18.
The Pacific Junior Hockey League also announced this past weekend that Ronnie Paterson, who provided valuable insight as an assistant for head coach Brett Reusch, will be heading up the new White Rock Whalers franchise next season.
Playing out of Centennial Arena, the Whalers will be the 12th franchise in the PJHL. They will play in the Tom Shaw Conference along with the Sockeyes, Delta Ice Hawks, Grandview Steelers, North Vancouver Wolf Pack, and Port Moody Panthers.
The Harold Brittain Conference will again feature the Abbotsford Pilots, Aldergrove Kodiaks, Langley Trappers, Mission City Outlaws, Ridge Meadows Flames and Surrey Knights.