St. Stephen Aces Jr. A Hockey Club

Crowe named third captain in Aces franchise history

Fredericton native and third-year St. Stephen Ace Adam Crowe has been named captain of the club as it embarks on its fourth season in the Maritime Hockey League.

Crowe, who turns 20 in December, joined the Aces early in the 2015-2016 season in a trade with the Dieppe Commandos. He put up 25 points in 34 games his rookie season and followed up with 55 points (25G, 30A) last season along with two points in four playoff games. He was the team’s second-leading point producer last season.

“Adam is a gifted player on the ice but it’s also his off-ice demeanor, his work ethic and his attitude that will make him an excellent captain,” said Head Coach and General Manager, Phil Richer. “He’s a good kid and he exemplifies what it means to be an Ace. He’s a community guy, he’s a great teammate and he’s a leader.”

Crowe said it will be a thrill to skate onto the Garcelon Civic Center ice with the C on his sweater.

“I’ve been in St. Stephen for two seasons and I’ve loved every minute of it,” Crowe said. “We have an incredible arena to play in, we have loyal fans cheering us on and we have a really supportive coaching staff, team management and volunteers. This really is a great place to play Junior A hockey.”

Crowe acknowledged the challenges of playing for the Aces as an expansion team.

“We were an expansion team and we had lots of growing pains, lots of adversity and it was tough but I think it made our group stronger.”

He said he was fortunate to have great leaders when he was a younger player.

“Eric Campbell and then Ricky Young lead this team through some of those tough times as a young team but they helped teach us to keep working hard, to never quit and it paid off last year with our first trip to the playoffs. Now we need to build on that,” Crowe said.

Crowe has lots of support in the leadership group from assistant captains Felix Gagnon, Branden Dauphinee and Patrick Daley. Gagnon and Dauphinee joined the Aces last season while Daley has spent parts of the last three seasons with the team.

“I’m happy with our leadership group. Patrick has been part of the Aces family for a long time and Felix and Branden were a big part of last season’s success,” Richer said. “These four are wearing letters but we have lots of leaders and character players in our room. It’s a long season and we need to support each other and stay focused on consistent effort and improvement. We never want to be outworked and this group will help push that message.”

The 2017-2018 season starts with three straight road games – Sept. 14 in Pictou, NS, Sept. 15 in Berwick, NS, and Sept. 16 in Truro, NS. The Aces home opener is Friday, Sept. 22 vs Woodstock followed by a Saturday, Sept. 23 game hosting Edmundston.