LAVAL - The Laval Rocket announced today that Byron Froese has been selected captain of the Rocket, following a vote by the players. Froese will become the first player to take on this role in franchise history. Forward Chris Terry and defenseman Matt Taormina have been voted as alternate captains by their teammates.
Froese entered his seventh season of professional hockey in 2017-2018 after signing a two-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens. He was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the fourth round (119th overall) at the 2009 NHL entry draft. The 26-year-old played a total of 62 NHL games since the start of his career, posting five points (2 goals and 3 assists) with the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Tampa Bay Lightning,
The Winkler, Manitoba native played six NHL games in 2016-17 (two with the Maple Leafs and four with the Lightning). He spent the majority of the season in the AHL, collecting 27 goals and 46 points in 54 games with the Toronto Marlies and Syracuse Crunch. He also played in the Calder Cup final with the Lightning's affiliate club.
Since his debut in the AHL, Froese has scored 52 points and 56 assists for 108 points in 208 regular season games. Throughout his AHL career, he played with the Rockford IceHogs, Marlies, San Antonio Rampage and Crunch. The forward also played in the ECHL with the Toledo Walleye and Cincinnati Cyclones, collecting 80 points (32 goals, 48 assists) in 83 games.
Froese suited up with the Everett Silvertips and the Red Deer Rebels in the WHL from 2008-09 until 2010-11. He concluded his junior career with 91 goals, 108 assists and 199 points in 212 games.
Chris Terry entered his second season with the Montreal Canadiens' affiliate in 2017-18. He led the St. John's IceCaps last season with 68 points (30 goals and 38 assists) and suited up in 14 games with the Canadiens, collecting 2 goals and 2 assists.
Matt Taormina signed a two-year contract with the Canadiens this summer, after winning the Eddie Shore Trophy (awarded to AHL's best defenseman). He is currently leading the AHL in points for a defenseman (tied with S. Theodore).