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New Guelph Storm captain won't change his approach

"Everybody has a voice in the dressing room"
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Guelph Storm defenceman Garrett McFadden sits in the Storm dressing room just prior to the season. Tony Saxon/GuelphToday

Guelph Storm defenceman Garrett McFadden doesn't expect much to change after being named the team captain.

McFadden, 19, became the 30th captain in Guelph Storm history Wednesday when the coaches awarded him the 'C' for this season.

Alternate captains still haven't been announced.

"I don't think it changes too much. Obviously there's a little bit more responsibility that comes with being the captain, but it doesn't really change my day-in and day-out attitude," McFadden said.

He plays his first game of the OHL season Friday when the Storm (2-0) hosts the Hamilton Steelheads (2-1) at the Sleeman Centre.

"I think being a leader is something I've tried to be for as long as I've played hockey.

"Having a letter doesn't make you any more of a leader than anyone else, but obviously it's an honour to be able to wear the 'C' and represent everyone."

He said everyone has a voice in the Storm dressing room.

"We're a pretty tight-knit group already and it's cool to be able to lead everyone and make sure we're all on the right page.

McFadden, a Kincardine native, was chosen in the first round, 12th overall, by the Storm in the 2013 draft.

He has suited up for 175 career games and is the lone player left on the roster from the team that went to the 2014 Memorial Cup in London.

Storm assistant coach Todd Harvey joined the team the same year as McFadden.

"Garret's a humble guy but he comes to work every day and knows what he needs to do and knows what other people need to do," Harvey said.

"He's respected in the dressing room and on the ice."

Harvey said McFadden is confident enough that "when stuff needs to be said in the dressing room he has the ability to do that."

"You lead by example. You come and put the work in, do it the right way, practice like you play and Garret's really shown that over the last few years."

The undrafted McFadden recently attended the Philadelphia Flyers rookie camp as a free agent invite.

"It was definitely something to remember," McFadden said of his first experience of an NHL training camp.

"Whenever you experience something like that for the first time it's unique and you want to be a sponge and soak up everything you can.

"I definitely learned a lot. Even the rookie camp, you go through everything and are just getting comfortable, then the main camp opens and all these guys show up and you're just like 'Holy, the big boys are here and they don't mess around.'"