February 10, 2009
Teen phenom deserves the C
By JODY VANCE, SUN MEDIA
Now that he has scored his first career NHL goal, perhaps it won't be perceived as completely nuts for me to suggest that Luke Schenn be given the captaincy of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Yes, I know, he's 19.
Yes, I know, he's just a kid -- a rookie.
Luke Schenn isn't just any kid though, he is special and poised and savvy when it comes to the game.
OK, he may not have much idea of how the world works, but this kid knows the ways of pucks and sticks.
Already this kid is the foundation, the cornerstone, the new poster boy for the blue and white, the future -- not to mention likely the only member of the current crew considered untouchable.
The kid from Saskatchewan comes from great stock, the Schenn family seems to process Luke's NHL achievements as very cool however no greater than a goal set and reached by any member of the family.
Luke's cool-customer persona comes to him by osmosis -- meeting his dad makes that crystal clear -- and, really, when you get down to brass tacks, what more can one ask for from their captain than a man who is unblinking under pressure? A man who is sincerely unafraid to answer any question from any member of the media on any given day, before/during or after any game.
This is Luke Schenn the Maple Leaf.
This is the kid who I think could stitch a C on his shoulder and nothing would change. He would still play as if he were needing to prove to his parents that all of those early mornings at the rink were worth it.
Luke Schenn plays like a veteran superstar, shoulders a marathon of minutes, fights like a tough guy -- he's an all around solid NHL player so why not look at the player of tomorrow and reward him with something historic like the captaincy of today?
Why not indeed?
Yeah, I know ... crazy.
-- Jody Vance is a sportscaster and personality with Leafs TV. Her column appears Tuesdays and Thursdays in 24 hours.