Amerks set opening night roster, name Kevin Porter captain

Photo courtesy of Micheline V/ Rochester Americans

GOING TO THE AID of his teammate, Andrew Oglevie, lower left, is just one of the reasons the Rochester Americans coaching staff Thursday named Kevin Porter (11) captain for the 2018-19 season. In the recent third preseason game, Syracuse Crunch defenseman Erik Cernak (44) had taken Amerks rookie Oglevie off his skates. Porter will lead the Amerks on the ice for the second straight season.

ROCHESTER ­– The Rochester Americans Opening Night roster for the 2018-19 season was announced Thursday. The Amerks open their 63rd American Hockey League season Friday, Oct. 5 at 7:05 p.m. against the Charlotte Checkers in the Rochester War Memorial at The Blue Cross Arena.

Rochester’s opening night roster features 15 forwards, nine defensemen, and two goaltenders.

Forwards: Rasmus Asplund, Justin Bailey, Eric Cornel, Kyle Criscuolo, Alexander Nylander, Danny O’Regan, Andrew Oglevie, Victor Olofsson, Kevin Porter, Myles Powell, Tyler Randell, Wayne Simpson, C.J. Smith, Dalton Smith and Yannick Veilleux.

Defensemen: Will Borgen, Jack Dougherty, Taylor Fedun, Brendan Guhle, Brandon Hickey, Andrew MacWilliam, Nathan Paetsch, Lawrence Pilut and Zach Redmond.

Goaltenders: Scott Wedgewood and Adam Wilcox.

The organization also announced Thursday that veteran forward Kevin Porter has been named team captain for the 2018-19 season. Additionally, the team will rotate among forward Kyle Criscuolo and defensemen Taylor Fedun, Andrew MacWilliam, Nathan Paetsch and Zach Redmond as assistant captains throughout the course of the season.

Porter will serve as Amerks captain for a second consecutive season and third time in his 11-year career. Last season, Porter, who also captained the Amerks in the 2012-13 campaign, finished second on the team with 17 goals and fourth in points while leading Rochester to its first playoff berth in four years. The Detroit, Mich., native has amassed 122 points (51+71) over 164 career games with the Amerks and has added eight points (1+7) in eight playoff appearances for Rochester.

“It’s a huge honor,” said Porter. “This is a great organization and to be the captain is pretty exciting. We have a great group of guys and anyone of them could have been the captain. I’m honored to be picked by the coaching staff.”

“We have a great group of guys here and as a staff we couldn’t just name just two alternates,” said head coach Chris Taylor. “By committee, they will run the locker room the way it should be.”

Rochester opens its 63rd American Hockey League season at home Friday, Oct. 5 against the Charlotte Checkers at the Rochester War Memorial in The Blue Cross Arena. Amerks 2018-19 season ticket memberships, which start as low as $12 per game, are now on sale. Among the full-season ticket member benefits are, Riverside Club VIP Room access with Amerks alumni, family meet and greet and annual Skate with the Players event, Chalk Talk with the Amerks coaching staff, a season ticket Member ID and Discount Card. For more information, visit www.amerks.com/seasontickets or call 1-855-GO-AMERKS

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