Sam Fioretti will finish his time in the Western Hockey League as the captain of the Moose Jaw Warriors.
© Times-Herald photo by Matthew Gourlie
Sam Fioretti from the Moose Jaw Warriors, right, opens the scoring Saturday night against Brandon after taking a nice feed from Brayden Point.
The Warriors announced on Wednesday, prior to their game against the Regina Pats, that Fioretti was named the 29th captain in team history.
“I was excited … that is an understatement. There are so many great guys before me,” said Fioretti. “Playing with a guy like Kendall (McFaull) for the past two seasons, I think he might have been one of the greatest leaders the Moose Jaw Warriors have ever seen. To learn from a guy like that is a great experience. I am just excited to be the captain of this team and hopefully lead us to a great season.”
Fioretti is one of two 20-year-olds on the Warriors squad this year and led the team with 75 points last season. He currently has 12 points this year with the Warriors.
He was one of the assistant captains last season and wore a letter to start this season, so being named as captain was the next logical step. Fioretti explained his style as quiet, but vocal when needed.
“I think I am the kind of guy that wants to lead by example. I will say something in the room when it needs to be said, but I won’t be hooting and hollering all the time. I want my play to dictate what everyone has to do and hopefully that is how I will lead this year,” he explained. “I hope to leave a hard-working attitude. I have never been the most skilled guy, but I’ve worked for what I’ve come to accomplish and I hope our team is the same way this year – we aren’t the most skilled team but we are going to work for every win and I hope that carries on.”
When Fioretti came into the league with the Warriors in the 2010-11 season, Spencer Edwards was the captain of the team. Edwards started up the Captain’s Care program and Fioretti is excited to continue the work that Edwards and McFaull did in the community.
“The community does so much for us, so just to give back is important,” he stated.
At the beginning of the season, the team didn’t name a full-time captain and Fioretti, Brayden Point and Tanner Eberle were just assistant captains. With the Fioretti getting the captaincy, Travis Brown will serve as another assistant captain. All four were drafted or listed by the Warriors.
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