The Tri-City Americans wasted no time in naming a captain for the 2010-11 season, putting the 'C' on forward Kruise Reddick's jersey Tuesday.
Reddick, who will turn 20 on July 6, has spent his entire career with the Amer-icans. He will be the team's 22nd captain after being an assistant this past season.
"It amazing. I don't think I've quit smiling since Bob told me the news," said Reddick, who learned of the honor Monday, but had to keep quiet until Tuesday. "I'm very excited. All four years I've been here, I've had amazing guys as captain (Alex Aldred, T.J. Fast, Taylor Procyshen and Jarrett Toll). I've learned a lot from and them I think I'm ready for the challenge."
The native of Manor, Saskatchewan, was the team's playoff MVP after scoring a team-high 11 goals to go along with 13 assists. He also had a plus-10 rating and 19 penalty minutes in playing all 22 games.
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"It's been an exciting season, but when you see an amazing year come to an end it's sad," Reddick said. "Everyone played so well in the playoffs it could have gone to anyone. I couldn't have done it without them."
In four seasons with the Americans, Reddick has played 252 games, scoring 71 goals with 126 assists. He has a career plus-59 rating and 184 penalty minutes.
The Americans, who didn't name Toll captain until September last year, didn't want to waste any time in structuring their leadership group for the upcoming season.
"I think it was important for Kruise to know what the expectations were and that he was comfortable with them," said Tri-City general manager Bob Tory. "It was the right decision at the right time and a good statement as to where our team is going. We have been blessed with strong leadership the last few years, and I see that continuing."
The rest of the leadership group will be named in the fall.