Estevan’s Cole Fonstad has been named a co-captain of the Everett Silvertips for the 2020-21 Western Hockey League season.
Fonstad will share the captain’s duties with defenceman Gianni Fairbrother. The Silvertips are slated to begin their 24-game regular season on March 19. It will be played against the WHL’s other U.S.-based teams.
“To be named co-captain is a huge honour and an incredible opportunity to help lead our team through a pretty challenging period ahead,” said Fonstad. “I’ve always been inspired to serve as a leader and to do this with a great teammate in Gianni is an exciting chance to make an even greater positive impact.
“It didn’t take long for me to understand the culture that helps us thrive and feel like a fit here. We had a great year last year and have a lot of great teammates back in place.”
Fonstad, 20, was last year named Silvertips co-MVP with 65 points (13 goals and 52 assists) in 51 games after being acquired from the Prince Albert Raiders on Oct. 13, 2019. He finished the season tied for 12th in WHL scoring with 74 points (15 goals and 59 assists) and was tied for third in assists.
He led the league with the longest assist streak of the season at 14 consecutive games when he notched 20 assists from Oct. 11 through Nov. 30.
Fonstad helped guide the Raiders to the WHL title and berth in the Memorial Cup in 2018-19.
He started the 2020-21 season with the Estevan Bruins, putting up nine points in six games.