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Terriers captain looks to 'set an example' for younger players

'Every shift, game, practice, I’m always going to give 100 percent. I want to show professionalism and do the little things,' says Terriers captain
Broderick Black 10-15-21
Orillia Terriers captain Broderick Black has been leading his team on and off the ice this season.

The McLean & Dickey Orillia Terriers are off to a perfect 5-0 start to their season and some of the early success can be attributed to some timely offence and, perhaps more importantly, the leadership of team captain Broderick Black.

The right-winger was a force in the team's 3-2 overtime win in Penetang Friday night. He scored once and added two assists in his team's dramatic road victory, but the offence is a bonus.

His leadership, work ethic, and experience are invaluable assets to the team, coaches say.

“He’s a guy who has a smile on his face all the time, and you can really see the younger kids look up to him and his work ethic,” said Terriers head coach Dallyn Telford said.

“No matter what the score is, no matter who we are playing, he gives it his all every time. He can play in any situation, and he's a big part of our team.”

Telford is hopeful that when the 21-year-old moves on from junior hockey after this season, his impact will still be felt around the rink for years to come.

“I hope Broderick’s work ethic rubs off on our younger players, and so far, it has. He’s one of, if not our hardest working player at every practice and it shows,” he said.

“He’s had a successful junior career and even when he didn’t play for us he always did damage against us. He’s a player you definitely want on your side.”

Black, an Innisfil native, says it’s an honour to be awarded the captaincy.

“I was definitely excited when they named me the captain. It’s a great opportunity and this is a team I love,” he said.

Black says being the captain means it’s his duty to set an example for the younger players.

“Every shift, game, practice, I’m always going to give 100 percent. I want to show professionalism and do the little things like staying calm and collected in the big moments,” he said.

“As the captain, I also want to make sure everybody is involved, and nobody gets left out of anything," the forward explained of his role.

Black admits that being the captain comes with some added pressure.

“The good thing is I have a lot of support; we have a great coaching staff and other great leaders and assistant captains on this team. It’s really a group effort,” he said.

In his final year of junior hockey, Black expects the Terriers to make a deep playoff run.

“We have a young team, and we are going to get better each game. I think we could go really far, and it would be nice to close out my junior career knowing that everybody gave it their all,” he said.

“It would be nice to win a championship, but there is still a lot of work to put in to get to that point.”

After this season, Black hopes to continue his hockey career through scouting or coaching a junior hockey team. His main focus, for now, is working on his career. Black recently graduated from Fire School at Georgian College.

“I’m a volunteer firefighter in Innisfil right now, I still haven’t fully decided if I should go back to school for a trade or something, but we will see,” he said.

Black and the Terriers are back in action tonight when they host Huntsville in an 8 p.m. contest at Rotary Place. Proof of vaccination is required to enter the Orillia arena.

Tyler Evans

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