Philadelphia Flyers forward prospect Isaac Ratcliffe has been named the captain of his junior team, the Guelph Storm, for the 2018-19 season. It will be Ratcliffe’s fourth and final season with Guelph, where he has grown in each and every season.
The Flyers drafted Ratcliffe in the second round of the 2017 NHL Draft and signed him to an entry-level contract later last summer. He got a taste of professional hockey as well this season, playing two games with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. He scored his first professional goal on April 13th.
Guelph general manager and head coach George Burnett has high praise for Ratcliffe.
“Isaac is a terrific ambassador for our team in the community, and is the ideal person to lead our team in 2018-19,” said Burnett.
“His work habits on the ice and in the gym set an excellent example for everyone in our organization. Through his hard work and dedication, he has emerged as one of the elite players in the Ontario Hockey League.”
“It is a huge honour to be named captain of the Storm,” Ratcliffe said. “Being able to watch Garrett lead the way both on and off the ice has had a huge impact on me. He showed up ready to work each day, he made sure everyone felt welcome, and always put everyone else before himself. He showed me what it took to be a leader and a role model.”
Ratcliffe set career-highs in points (68), goals (41), and assists (27) in 67 games this past season. He added nine points (five goals, four assists) in six playoff games. He is a big-bodied winger with a great shot that can do work around the net.
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