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Jr. Senators name leadership group ahead of 2020-2021 season


Ottawa, ON – The Ottawa Jr. Senators announced Saturday the appointment of their 2020-2021 leadership group.

Ethan Mulhearn will serve as the team’s captain, while Thomas Freel, Tyler Orban, and Curtis Fabbro will assume the roles of alternate captains.

“As a coaching staff, we are extremely happy with the players that were chosen as part of our leadership group, said Jr. Senators Head Coach Martin Dagenais. “Ethan Mulhearn is a well-respected veteran in the CCHL so making him the captain was a no-brainer. I was glad to see his teammates agree with the coaching staff on his selection.”

Mulhearn, 20, is in his final season of junior hockey and in his second season with the Jr. Senators. The Williamstown, Ontario native was acquired from the Cornwall Colts prior to last season and took home the OJS 3 Stars Award, along with the team’s Top Scorer Award.

“It’s a humbling feeling to be recognized by the team as a leader,” said newly named captain Ethan Mulhearn. “I hope to follow in the path of the captains before me and represent the organization with the highest standards.”

Freel, 19, enters his second season with OJS after stops with the Jr. Senators u18 program and the Ottawa Jr. Canadians in the CCHL2. He lead the team in goal scoring last season with 26 goals.

Orban, 20, is also in his final CCHL season and his first with the Jr. Senators after an offseason trade with the Nepean Raiders. The Robert Morris University commit served as Raiders captain during the 2018-2019 season, before donning the C yet again with the Corpus Christi IceRays in the NAHL last season.

Fabbro, 19, joined OJS at last year’s trade deadline from the Kanata Lasers and put up five points in 20 games. The Ottawa native originally was apart of the Jr. Senators organization back in 2017 but was sent to Navan in a three-way trade that landed OJS Nick Lalonde.

“Thomas Freel, Tyler Orban, and Curtis Fabbro combine for almost 10 years of junior hockey experience,” added Dagenais. “It’s the perfect trio to support Ethan (Mulhearn) as team captain. They are all hard workers in practice, which is exactly what we’re expecting from our veterans. They will set the tone and our younger players will follow.”

The Jr. Senators continue to play pre-season action, awaiting the start of the CCHL season.

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