Hounds name Hayton captain

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He just returned from the Arizona Coyotes earlier this week, and now he will wear the “C” on his chest this season for the red and white.

Soo Greyhounds third year forward Barrett Hayton has been named as the club’s captain for the 2018-2019 season.

Hayton, who played in his first game with the Hounds last night after being sent back from the Arizona Coyotes, scored a power play goal and added two helpers in last night’s 4-1 victory over the Flint Firebirds at the GFL Memorial Gardens.

The Peterborough, Ontario native, who was drafted by the National Hockey League’s Arizona Coyotes in the 1st round (5th overall) this past June, had 21 goals and 60 points in 63 games during the 2017-2018 regular season.

Last season, Hayton was also the recipient of the Bobby Smith Trophy for the Ontario Hockey League’s Scholastic Player of the Year, becoming the first Soo Greyhound to win that award since Darnell Nurse (2013).

In his rookie season (2016-2017), the Peterborough, Ontario native put up 9 goals and 18 assists in 63 regular season games.

Following the 2016-2017 regular season, Hayton was also named the Hounds Scholastic Player of the Year.

This past summer, Hayton, along with his teammates Morgan Frost and Matthew Villalta, also attended the Sport Chek World Junior Showcase in Kamloops, British Columbia.

Hayton becomes the first 18 year old to be named Hounds captain since Blake Speers back in the 2015-2016 season.

Overage defencemen Mac Hollowell and Jordan Sambrook and forward Morgan Frost will serve as the club’s alternate captains for the 2018-2019 season.