Throughout the illustrious history of Johnstown hockey, there have been a plethora of players to wear the “C” on their jersey.
They have worn a Johnstown sweater proudly and represented their city with class and professionalism.
And today, another name was added to the list of captains that have played in Johnstown.
Defenseman Chris Trouba became the next Tomahawks captain in a decision announced earlier today. The Auburn Hills, Mich., native is entering his third season in Johnstown.
“Chris is entering his third season and has shown growth as a player and a person in each season, head coach Mike Letizia said. “He his someone who commands respect with his approach day in and day out. He is willing to go to war for his teammates and pick them up when needed, but also not afraid to hold them accountable either. He has shown the willingness to take charge of our group on and off the ice and is very deserving.”
For Trouba, becoming a captain is something that he’s worked hard for.
“It’s a great feeling” he said. “I’m excited to lead this group of guys this season and hopefully lead them to a Robertson Cup.”
Trouba was a tendered player when he arrived in Johnstown in the Fall of 2016. Over the past three seasons, Trouba has grown both his on-ice game and off-the-ice as well.
“Coach has worked a lot with me to develop my skills and skating over the past few seasons,” Trouba said. “Being here has help me build character since I moved from home to play in Johnstown. I love the people here. Johnstown has become home for me personally.”
Trouba additionally acknowledged the history of Johnstown hockey and feels privileged to become part of a great lineage of captains.
“Obviously, there is a great history here,” Trouba said. “I know how much the city loves hockey and how passionate our fans are. I’m ready to get it going on the ice.”