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(ISN) – Portland Winterhawks General Manager/Head Coach Jamie Kompon has announced that center Nic Petan has been named the team’s captain.

Petan, 19, has two points in three games since returning from preseason play with the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets. Petan was a second round pick, 43rd overall, by the Jets in the 2013 NHL Draft.

Last season he had 113 points for the Hawks, and represented Canada at the World Junior Championship. In 2012-13 Petan and then-teammate Brendan Leipsic co-led the CHL with 120 points each. He currently ranks 15th in franchise history with 271 career points.

“Nic’s professionalism, work ethic and commitment to winning made him a natural choice as team captain,” said Kompon. “He is well-respected by everyone in the locker room, and will be a terrific leader for our team.”

In addition to naming Petan captain, the Winterhawks have made Oliver Bjorkstrand, Anton Cederholm, Chase De Leo and Dominic Turgeon assistant captains.

Petan becomes the 40th captain in team history, joining such players as Braydon Coburn, Adam Deadmarsh, Paul Gaustad, Brenden Morrow and Brent Peterson. He takes over the captain’s position from Taylor Leier, who has graduated from the league.