By @MichaelCaples –
Alex Peters has long been considered a strong leader for his Flint Firebirds franchise.
Now, he’s being recognized by the Ontario Hockey League for how he guides his teammates.
Peters, the first captain in Firebirds history, was named the Mickey Renaud Captain’s Trophy winner for the 2016-17 season, the league announced today.
The award goes to “the OHL team captain that best exemplifies leadership on and off the ice, with a passion and dedication to the game of hockey and community that Mickey demonstrated.”
“I am very honored to receive the Mickey Renaud Captain’s Trophy,” Peters said in the league’s release. “It is a prestigious award, with special meaning named in memory of a great person. I would like to thank the Firebirds’ coaching staff and my fellow teammates for believing in me as captain, because the way I see it, we had a room full of leaders that all stepped up when they needed to. I would also like to say thank you to the Renaud family for giving us an example like Mickey to try to live up to.”
A two-year captain, Peters is a two-time recipient of the team’s Humanitarian Award, as he led the Firebirds in such events as the ‘Firebirds Fight Hunger’ campaign, teddy bear donation drives for children’s organizations, reading programs and making numerous visits to local hospitals on his own time.
“Alex is a special person and was a huge part of the turnaround for the Flint Firebirds,” said Head Coach Ryan Oulahen. “He is responsible for setting a great culture on and off the ice. His work habits, positive outlook, relentless approach to getting better, attention to detail, determination, sincere demeanor, maturity and overall competitiveness are just a few of the characteristics Alex shows on and off the ice on a daily basis. Alex took great pride in leading a group of young men who were looking to prove people wrong. He believed in Flint and the process it took to put Flint on the map.”
The native of Blyth, Ont., is a Dallas Stars draft pick.