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Michael White Named Team Captain of the Warriors
Following the success of the previous season in winning the Minto Cup, coupled with the coaching changes which took place in the off-season, Head Coach Mitch Wilde, and Co-General Managers Greg O’Connor and Mark Mason had some decisions to make.One was who would be the next Captain of the team.Adam Poitras graduated at the end of last season along with numerous others, so the role needed to be filled by an experienced player who could lead a young team.
The list of the candidates contained veterans remaining from the Minto Cup Team, several in their last season of Junior A lacrosse.Typically the Captaincy is held by a player in his final year.It didn’t take long for Wilde, O'Connor and Mason to come to their decision of who would best fit the role.
Whitby Warriors Head Coach Mitch Wilde:
“Michael White was a unanimous decision by our coaching staff to be the next captain of the Whitby Warriors. After losing so many incredible leaders and veterans from our championship team last year, we told ourselves we will take our time seeing who will be the next leaders for this team. Mike really cemented himself as the leader of this team. He exemplifies what anyone would strive to be in a leader. He leads by example. He's consistently our best defensemen each and every night, always competing to the best of his ability and really showing these younger guys how to play at a high level. He's a great vocal leader and strong communicator on the bench, always looking to talk things out if a play doesn't go well, motivating guys to be their best and staying positive amongst this group. Around the team, he is respected by all, he's a fun guy to be around and enjoyed by everyone around him. For those reasons and more, it was clear Mike would be our next captain. Mike and I have a great relationship, he's taking on the role of communicating with me weekly about where the team stands and where we can improve as a whole. It's been awesome to see him grow as a lacrosse player and a young adult. The sky's the limit for his future."
Michael White played his Minor and Junior Lacrosse in Whitby.With many accomplishments throughout his career, including Ontario Midget A Championships, Team Ontario representation, and attending Queens University at Charlotte as a Freshman Attack, White offers the Warriors an experienced player who has been exposed to, and learned from, leaders at many levels.
Queens University at Charlotte Head Coach Nik Colpitts had this to say about White:
“As soon as Michael stepped on campus this past August, I knew he was a special individual. Michael not only possesses athletic attributes such as strength, toughness and physicality that help him on the field but what really sets him apart from his peers is his how he conducts himself personally. Michael has a magnetic personality which brings out the best in his teammates. From the way conducts himself on the field, in the weight room and in our campus community, my favorite thing about Michael is just how great of person he is. I am so happy for him to receive this recognition and trust from his teammates - the leadership of the Warriors is in the best of hands. We are lucky to call him a Royal!”
A team Captain is traditionally a veteran player with the demeanour to steady the team, lead by example, and find ways to bring the team together. White feels he has learned from past leaders in both his Box and Field career to do these things, bringing a quiet confidence to the responsibility of leading the defending National Champs.
As the Warriors get set to open their playoff series this week, the young team will look to the veterans for guidance. White is ready to handle the task, and defend their National title to the best of their abilities.