The Surrey Eagles Hockey Club named Burnaby resident Brandon Morley its team captain for the 2012/13 B.C. Hockey League season.
Morley is entering his third junior A season. He was named the team's rookie of the year in 2010/11, and put up 47 points in 49 games last season, helping the Eagles to a spot in the Coastal conference final.
The Burnaby native will follow in the footsteps of his older brother Tyler, who captained the Eagles for two seasons and is now playing NCAA hockey at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
"Despite the fact that he's an 18-year-old, Brandon has a lot of experience," said Eagles head coach and GM Matt Erhart. "He's played two years in the league. He's been to two conference finals, and he played in the World Junior A Challenge last year. He's a guy that comes to work every single day at practice, and he has a strong work ethic that other guys can look up to."
Joining Morley to form the team's leadership group are Beau Orser, Brett Mulcahy and Craig Wyszomirski, who have all been named assistant captains.
"They've all been chosen because they each lead in a different way," said Eagles assistant coach Peter Schaefer. "Whether it's because of their work ethic, experiences or being vocal in the room, they will all lead in a different and positive way."
Orser came to Surrey after he was acquired from the OJHL midway through the 2010/11 season. The 20-year-old blue-liner from Penetang, Ont. played in 51 games last season for the Eagles, scoring 10 points.
Mulcahy is back for his second season in Surrey. The hard-working forward finished with 19 points last year. Wyszomirski is entering his first BCHL season. The 20-year-old defenseman from Mahwah, New Jersey spent last year with Providence College in the NCAA.
The Eagles open the 2012/13 season on Friday against the Powell River Kings at the Prospera Centre in Chilliwack. Puck drops at 7 p.m.