Jordan Buchanan glad to return to the ice
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Summerside Western Capital Jordan Buchanan played his first game as captain Saturday night. Buchanan was named captain while on the injured reserved list.
After almost two months of waiting, Jordan Buchanan finally suited up as captain of his hometown Summerside Western Capitals Saturday night.
Since early November the forward has been sidelined with an ankle injury. While on the injured reserve he was promoted to the role following the mid-November trade of Michael Crocock and and J.P. Harvey.
With one of the biggest crowds on hand so far this season, the new captain was introduced in the starting lineup Saturday against the Pictou County Weeks Crushers.
“It felt really good (and) exciting,” Buchanan said in describing the moment. “A new chapter for the year, it helped with the nerves with the crowd cheering as well.”
On the ice, he was reunited with his linemates from earlier in the season — Alex Bradley and Brad Power.
“We played a lot earlier in the year together,” said Buchanan. “All of us enjoy playing with each other and we get along with each other off the ice and that helps.”
Part of that chemistry early on has helped propel the rookie duo of Power and Bradley to lead the league in rookie scoring.
The Capitals shut out the nationally ranked Crushers 3-0. Despite not registering a point, Buchanan’s defensive prowess did not go unnoticed as he was announced as the game’s third star.
“(There was) definitely a little rust at first, timing and stuff, those kind of things were off but as the game went on it seemed to get better. I thought I was good. I focused more on the defensive side of the game I think that’s the type of player I am. Probably my third period was my best. I got a lot of ice time trying to keep them off the board,” Buchanan said.
Last season, he was one of the few rookies on a team laden with veterans for a run to the RBC Cup as hosts. The centre admits he learned a lot from playing on that team.
“From last year, going to the RBC Cup finals, we had a lot of 20-year-olds and a lot of really good leaders. Guys like (Scott) Trask, (Mitch) Maynard, (Wes) Herrett, (Patrick) Volpe, and (Matt) Kelly, all those guys are great leaders,” he said. “They were always vocal and working their hardest and that’s what I try to bring.”
The Summerside native doesn’t have far to look to find someone to lean on for advice on how to lead the Western Capitals. His father, Scott, was also captain of the storied franchise in the early 1990s.
Scott explains the feeling of seeing his son on the ice wearing the C.
“I was certainly very happy for him,” he said. “He has worked very hard to do the little things and to be a student of the game to be able to get to where he is at today.”
He also sees a lot of good traits in Jordan that will translate well into him being a leader on the team.
“His biggest traits would be leading by example. He’s certainly not the most vocal guy around, but the things people see him do in terms of hard work and dedication to the team will be the biggest part of his leadership.”
As for the future of the team, the newly appointed captain is very optimistic.
“There is a lot of young guys who could move onto Major Junior but if everybody stays together we will definitely have a real good shot at bringing another Kent Cup back to Summerside in the coming years.”
The Caps hit the road for the next four games starting with a game in Mirimichi, N.B., on Wednesday night before returning to Eastlink Arena Sunday, Jan. 26 hosting the Woodstock Slammers.