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Filips Buncis

Buncis Becomes First European Captain in Johnstown Hockey History

JOHNSTOWN – The Johnstown Tomahawks, proudly announced Thursday that the team has named forward Filips Buncis as the team’s captain.

A native of Riga, Latvia, Buncis becomes the first European player to wear the “C” in Johnstown hockey history, which spans seven decades.

Buncis succeeds former Tomahawks defenseman Logan Hudson, Filips Bunciswho advanced to play collegiate hockey at Aurora University.

“Filips is a great choice to be the captain of this year’s team,” head coach Mike Letizia said. “He puts in the utmost effort day in and day out as a Tomahawk. He leads by example in games, practices, and off-ice preparation, while also being a vocal leader for his teammates when necessary. We, as coaches, never have to worry about him because we know how much passion he puts into what he does. In addition, he is an outstanding member of the Johnstown community.”

Letizia also commented that Buncis is “honored” to be the first European captain in Johnstown hockey history.

“Being the first international captain in the rich hockey history of this city is something that Filips is honored to be recognized with, and I am extremely proud of him,” Letizia said. “He has matured in so many ways since coming to our team two seasons ago and I am eager to see how he excels with his new, well deserved leadership role this year.”

Buncis represented his country on the international level at the World Junior Championships in 2014-15 and 2015-16. Additionally, he attended the New York Islanders rookie camp in the summer of 2015.

Tommy Horn, Donovan Ott and Adam Pilewicz were named assistant captains to Buncis.

“All three lead in diverse ways which makes it a unique collection of leadership for our team,” Letizia said. “We will count on each of them to be at the forefront of what we set out to do, and represent our club to the highest degree. We have some other very strong leaders that may not necessarily have a letter on their jersey but will be looked to provide leadership to our group. I look forward to seeing how everything comes together for these young men.”

The Tomahawks’ home opener is set for Friday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. against the Aston Rebels. Season ticket packages start at less than $99 are still available. Call the Tomahawks at 814-536-4625 or visit JohnstownTomahawks.com for more information.