Rod Pelley hopes to take the Spruce Kings’ captain’s “C” and wear it with maturity, pride and just a bit of excitement. “It feels great. I was pretty happy when I first got named the C,” Pelley says.
The second year, 17-year-old centre has the good leadership qualities he needs to be sucessful. “He works hard on the ice and off the ice. He’s mature for his age so it’s a good decision,” says head coach Brent Arsenault.
Pelley’s success probably has a lot to do with his dad, who began coaching Pelley before he could see over the boards. It would appear that relationship developed a boy into an independent, respectful hard working young man, qualities that can take a person to great heights, heights of their choosing.
“I started playing when I was pretty young. My dad always coached me. Up and all the way through I just kept on getting better and better and working hard. Eventually it paid off,” Pelley says of his new position.
Pelley played in 54 games for the Kings last season, recording 14 goals and 21 assists.
The Kings haven’t managed to produce a win this season but in the seven games so far Pelley has managed to do his part with nine points and he’s not going to let his team think that it will stay in the cellar. “We just have to keep working hard. We’re working really hard right now. The thing is that we have to keep going, not give up. We need to get it bounding our way,” Pelley says.