After completing a month of extensive training, community service, education, and other team events, Head Coach Chad MacLeod has selected the 2010-2011 Team Captain and his two Assistant Captains. The selection was based on a variety of criteria including character, work ethic, leadership capability, and more.
Veteran defenseman Ty Smith was appointed as captain for the 2nd consecutive year. The Tulsa Oklahoma native continually wins rave reviews from inside and outside of the hockey community and for good reason. As former coach of a Special Olympics baseball team, he lead his players to a state championship during the same year he was the head coach of the PeeWee Hockey Team that won the Tulsa Youth Hockey Associations Championships. As a USA Hockey Level 3 Certified Coach, he will take the reins as Head Coach of the Union High School Hockey Team for the upcoming season. Smith is a student at Tulsa Community College who chooses to do his coursework in the evenings in order to ensure that he can participate in the Rampage community service each day. “It’s rare to find a person with the character that Ty has,” Coach MacLeod says “I don’t say this about many players, but it’s an honor to have him on our team.”
Vannas Sweden native Jeff Lundberg captured one of the Assistant Captain positions after clearly defining himself as a leader among his teammates. Lundberg excels in the gym and on the ice, along with taking pride in accomplishing all the other requirements set out by the Rampage staff. His work ethic, combined with a very charismatic personality simply inspires the players to follow his direction. “Jeff has a work ethic that is second to none, he makes it all look easy, and he makes it fun,” MacLeod notes “the players just naturally gravitated to him so I didn’t really have to select him as one of the captains, he just became one.”
Veteran forward Shane Khalaf will serve as one of the Assistant Captains as well. The Tulsa Oklahoma native is one of the Rampage student athletes whose excellent performance in the classroom is equal to his clearly successful efforts in the gym and on the ice. Khalaf is a vocal leader who uses his outgoing personality to encourage players in the right direction, yet is one who doesn’t hesitate to command attention when necessary. “Shane has a lot of fun with his teammates but he also has their respect,” MacLeod says “they hear him speak in the locker room, in the gym, and on the ice and they listen because it’s not just talk, he leads by example.”