Follow The Leader

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Only one more chapter remains in the junior hockey book.

After completing his first full season with the Hitmen, Luke Coleman had a realization during locker clean out that he’s soon to be next to graduate from the WHL.

“It’s going to be nerve-wracking at the start of the season to know that it’ll be the last year but it’s all about enjoying my time and making the most of it,” Coleman said.

“It doesn’t feel like I’ve been here for over a year already. Even from my very first year in the league, it’s gone by so fast and crazy to think that it’ll be over next summer.”

The Red Deer native had a career season, setting new highs in goals with 15, assists with 24 and points with 39. His point total found him finish fifth in team scoring but admits that his personal success always came second to the team.

“You always want to improve and when you look back it always feels like you can do better,” he said. “It would’ve been nice to help the team win some more games and we’ll be looking to rebound and make that run for the post-season next year.”

With nine rookies on the roster and the majority of the team 18 or younger, Coleman stepped up to be one of the many leaders on the roster. He was recognized as a key voice in the locker room as he was named an assistant captain for the season.

Coleman was appreciative but said that with or without a letter, taking on being a leader was always an aspect he took pride of in his game and will look to increase that role to a new level.

“Being the 20-year-old there’s more added responsibility because guys will look up to you to be the leader or voice to help them out. It won’t be too different from this year because we had such a young team but it’s something that I’m looking to take on a bigger role for next year.

“We want to win. I want to be a consistent leader and help out the guys so we get where we want to be next year and set the tone.”

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