Canisius hockey head coach Trevor Large announced last Tuesday that senior forward Grant Meyer would be the captain for this upcoming season for the Griffs. Meyer, a fiery 5-foot-8 forward with skill and a ton of passion, makes total sense for the Griffs.
“You cannot influence people without being energetic,” Large said about his new captain. “His energy and competitiveness you see when he plays the game, it’s genuine, and it’s part of what allows him to be such an unbelievable leader.”
Meyer through three seasons with the Griffs has posted 15 goals and 40 assists for 55 points in 92 games, including four goals and 12 assists for 16 points in just 24 games last season for the Griffs. He has been named to the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team the last two seasons as well.
Meyer is thrilled to be the next captain of the Griffs, having served as an assistant captain last season, he feels he is more than prepared to take on this role.
“It feels great to be captain, it’s something that I have always wanted, and to have the coaching staff believe in me with such a valuable position means a lot to me,” Meyer said. “It’s one of the best feelings in the world when someone believes in who you are as a person, and the second that I was named captain my thoughts went to the guys named captain before me. They were all great guys who commanded respect from everyone in the locker room, and to be mentioned with them is very cool.”
Part of the reason Grant Meyer makes total sense to be the Griffs next captain is because of the previous captain Matt Hoover. Hoover, like Meyer, was a very skilled player whose leadership was often fiery and really resonated with the team. Large always preaches about the importance of teaching leadership, and it appears the decision he made last season naming Hoover the captain has a lot to do with this season’s decision as well.
“I think what Matt Hoover did a really good job of last year was holding teammates accountable,” explained Meyer. “I think when he saw guys not meeting his expectations he would act on it in those moments. He was the best captain I have ever had in that aspect, and that’s the biggest thing I have learned from him.”
The Griffs season begins Nov. 27 with a two-game series starting at Robert Morris and ending in Harborcenter. That series will begin a 24-game regular season where Meyer and the Griffs will do their best to put themselves in the best spot for the Atlantic Hockey Conference tournament.