The extraordinary leadership of one player -- captain Brett Hextall -- helped the Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League capture the Fred Page Cup in a four-game sweep of the Power River Kings in 2008.
According to Jan Kascak, the Vees director of player mentorship, Hextall's leadership and the team's subsequent success was a direct result of the Vees' player mentorship program which began in 2004.
"I know for a fact that [Hextall's] leadership attributes and what head coach Mark Bohls did with mentoring that that team, that's why they won the championship," Kascak told NHL.com. "It was because they believed in each other, they trusted each other, they listened to each other and they went to the wall for each other. It was because of the leadership of Brett and the other captains that they became so cohesive."