Jared Nightingale (#6) defends the area in front of Jason LaBarbera’s goal
photo: Todd Reicher, 1/20/14, Rockford IceHogs
By Chris Block
Last week the IceHogs finally named a team captain. They waited until only 53 percent of their season had passed to do so.
Jared Nightingale, 31, was named Rockford’s captain on January 14th. He becomes the 8th captain of the IceHogs since the organization joined the AHL in 2007.
“Teddy (Dent) had called me a couple nights before he announced it to the team,” Nightingale said in a conversation with TheThirdManIn.com on January 18th.
“Obviously I was honored. I was excited to take on that role.”
The previous IceHogs captains are Martin St. Pierre (2012-13), Brian Fahey (2011-12, 2nd half), Brandon Segal (2011-12, 1st half), Garnet Exelby (2010-11), Jake Dowell (2009-10), Tim Brent (2008-09) and Jim Fahey (2007-08).
The decision to name a team captain in mid-January came as a bit of a surprise.