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Nightingale Named Hogs Captain

Vetearn defenseman Jared Nightingale is the IceHogs team captain.
ROCKFORD-Jared Nightingale can trade in that ‘A’ on his IceHogs sweater for a ‘C’. The veteran defenseman has been named the team’s captain by the coaches.

Every good hockey team needs a leader.  The Hogs have several players who fit that bill, but until now they hadn’t had a captain. The coaches held off waiting to see if there would be any more roster moves between the Hogs and the Blackhawks. With the roster now settled, Nightingale became the choice.

"He’s been great ith the young guys," says IceHogs coach Ted Dent. "He’s great off the ice in the community and with the team events and things that we do. He works hard. He’s committed to the team."

And he’s on board with the coaches and what they’re trying to do here. Another big plus is he lives in Rockford full-time.

"We’ve had players in the past that don’t reside in Rockford full-time, so they miss out on a lot of the extra events we do as a team," says Dent.

Nightingale is 31 years old. This is his ninth pro season. He has playoff experience. Last season with Syracuse he played in the Calder Cup Finals.

So What makes a good captain?

"Where your heart’s at with the team," says Nightingale. "You Keep everybody’s focus in the right spot. A lot of guys want to be up (with the Balckhawks). Some guys are worried about getting sent down (to Toledo). Trying to live in the present."

Even though Nightingale will be the only guy on the team wearing the ‘C’, he says other veterans like Brad Winchester, Wade Brookbank and Brad Mills are also good leaders. And they all have one goal.

"We’re all preaching the same thing. We want to get to the playoffs," says Nightingale.
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