A new coach, a plethora of new talent, and now a new leader. The Toronto Marlies announced this afternoon that summer signing Andrew Campbell will be named the team’s seventh captain in their eleven-year history.
The news comes just hours after Campbell was one of five Leafs players to clear waivers and be assigned to the AHL affiliate. Campbell joins Marc Moro (05-07), Ben Ondrus (07-10), Alex Foster (10-11), Ryan Hamilton (11-13), Trevor Smith (13-15), and Troy Bodie (2015) as captains throughout team history.
“It is a huge honour, just being a part of this organization is special. I grew up a Maple Leafs fan my whole life; my family are Maple Leafs fans, to be a part of that group is pretty special.” said Campbell, a native of Caledonia, Ontario. “It’s a first-class organization to be a part of not only on the ice but off the ice. I think it’s important to be myself, bring my work habits to the rink every day and just be there for the guys”
As seen above, Campbell played his junior hockey with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, though he was a member of the team before Kyle Dubas and Sheldon Keefe were GM and Head Coach (however, Dubas was working with the team at the time).
Campbell spent last season playing with the Arizona Coyotes of the NHL and Portland Pirates, their AHL affiliate. The 27-year-old previously served as captain of the 2013/14 Manchester Monarchs, a team who nominated him as their winner of the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year for three consecutive seasons for his work in the community.
The Marlies also announced alternate captains this afternoon. Similar to previous years, they’ll have different pairings for home and road games. Matt Frattin and Richard Clune will wear A’s on their home white jerseys, while TJ Brennan and Sam Carrick will wear them on their road blues.
With today’s additions, the Marlies now have 25 players on their training camp roster with 78 hours to go until puck drop. With that said, they’re not under the same obligation to get under 23 that NHL teams are.