Rich Clune had some really good news come his way today:
Introducing the ninth captain of your Toronto Marlies, Rich Clune! #ForeverStartsHere
— Toronto Marlies (@TorontoMarlies) March 1, 2021
“Rich has been an integral member of our leadership group for the past six seasons,” said Marlies GM, Laurence Gilman in a press release. “From his first day with our organization, Rich’s strong character, positive mindset and unwavering leadership has made him an exceptional member of our team. His influence has touched each and every Marlies graduate and he continues to inspire our young players on and off the ice.”
And even Maple Leafs GM, Kyle Dubas spoke about Clune as a player:
Most deserving distinction for a person whose leadership contributions can be felt daily throughout the entire Leafs Organization. Very well earned & congratulations, @richclune … we are extremely fortunate to have you. https://t.co/qOXcYNXOk1
— Kyle Dubas (@kyledubas) March 1, 2021
Clune becomes the Marlies ninth captain in their franchise’s history. He’s entering his sixth season with Toronto, playing 172 games in that process. The 33-year-old has also played over 600 games at both the AHL and NHL level.