Byron Froese named captain of the Laval Rocket

The veteran forward earns the C in the new AHL team’s inaugural season.

The Laval Rocket have named Byron Froese team captain after a player vote. He is the first player to claim that honour for the franchise since it moved to Laval. The team had been carrying four Alternate Captains so far this season.

He has two goals and six assists in 11 games this season in Laval, placing him fifth in team scoring.

Froese was acquired this off-season as a free agent. He split last season between the Toronto Marlies and the Syracuse Crunch, and helped lead the Crunch to the Calder Cup Final where they lost to the Grand Rapids Griffins.

He played in 54 AHL games last year, scoring 27 goals and adding 19 assists for 46 points. He also played in six NHL games but did not register a point.

Joining Froese on the leadership team for the Rocket this season are defenceman Matt Taormina, who was also added this off-season from the Crunch and veteran forward Chris Terry, who joined the organization last season. Both players had been wearing the A already. Both players were also chosen by a vote.

Froese will wear the C for the first time tonight when the Rocket host, ironically, the Crunch at 7:30 p.m.

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