Whole new 'C'son for club's co-leaders

SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:16 AM ET

Hitmen fans finally got to 'C' their new captain yesterday.

Well, at least one of them.

Prior to hitting the road last week, the Hitmen announced overage forwards Carson McMillan and Kyle Bortis would serve as co-captains for the remainder of the season.

McMillan, who wore the 'C' during yesterday's 2-1 victory over the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers, said there isn't a structured plan as to when the letter will be shuffled back and forth.

"We'll rotate it every couple of games," McMillan said.

"He'll wear it in his hometown (Saskatoon), I'll wear it in my hometown (Brandon).

"It'll be tough on the trainers," he said with a laugh.

Both veterans said they have no problem speaking up in the dressing room, but emphasized they plan to lead primarily by example.

"I have to be vocal in the dressing room and help the younger guys," McMillan said.

"On the ice, I have to kill penalties, block as many shots as I can.

"I have to bang bodies all the time and lead by example with hard work."

Bortis agreed and said letting his on-ice play speak for itself is the best way to go.

"I think Mac and I complement each other," Bortis said. "To be a leader, you don't necessarily have to be vocal.

"But you have to be that player that your team looks up to. If you're working hard, your teammates will notice that."

Neither player has ever been accused of slacking off.

But now that all eyes will be on them, Bortis said a tireless work ethic is mandatory.

"The pressure is that much higher," he said.

"We have to be here to play every night and we can't be taking shifts off.

"That comes with the responsibility of being a captain.

"I'm honoured to wear the 'C' and, hopefully, I prove I deserve to wear it."

HIT PARADE

Hitmen blueliner Keith Seabrook will find out today how long he'll be on the shelf when the WHL announces the length of his suspension.

Seabrook, who sat out yesterday's game, picked up a five-minute interference penalty last Wednesday in Saskatoon for a hit on Blades centre Travis Toomey.

Toomey suffered a broken collar bone and isn't expected to return until January.


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