By Carmen Dittoe – Silvertips Staff Writer
EVERETT, Wash. – The legacy of Everett Silvertips captains has a new face.
At 1 p.m. on May 31, just days removed from the run to the WHL Championship Series, the Silvertips named Connor Dewar (18) captain for the 2018-19 season. Dewar, a 1999-born center from Manitoba, had experience last season as an alternate captain while reaching new heights in his hockey career and being a driving force in the success of the team.
The Silvertips drafted Dewar in round five of the 2014 Bantam Draft. Since his rookie season (2015-16), he has been a fierce contributor. Head Coach Dennis Williams said Connor is a natural fit for the role as captain, and this opinion holds true among his teammates.
He could be one of as many as three Tips selected in this weekend’s NHL Draft in Dallas.
“He was a go-to guy right off the bat,” said Matt Fonteyne, former member and captain of the Everett Silvertips. “Connor has a huge amount of character, and everyone knows it. He has been in the league a while and really knows how to step up when the team needs it.”
A key trait in Dewar’s success is his work ethic, which Fonteyne describes as incredible—something that can not be taught. Dewar is a level-headed player whose character is precisely what his team needs.
“Wherever Dewie is going, the team will follow,” said Fonteyne.
Dewar attributed his leadership skills to the men he followed over the past three seasons.
“From age 16 to now I got the chance to play with and learn from leaders like Matt [Fonteyne] and Noah [Juulsen] that came to the rink everyday with goals in mind. They knew exactly what needed to be done,” said Dewar.
Teammate Riley Sutter (18) has played alongside Dewar since they began their careers together as rookies in 2015. They played on a line together last season, which Sutter considers himself lucky for.
“He is one of the hardest working guys on the team, if not in the entire Western Hockey League,” said Sutter. “He plays with more and more confidence every year, and he really understands what this is all about.”
Head Coach Dennis Williams, who just finished his first season in Everett, described Dewar as being “business-like” in terms of improving and perfecting his craft.
“He punches in and punches out each day,” said Williams, displaying Dewar’s dedication and maturity as strict and orderly. As far as his role as captain, Williams said Dewar has earned the right.
“I know he is going to go and lead by example like an extension of our coaching staff,” said Williams. “He was able to come out into his own niche of leadership this season as alternate captain with his usual readiness to play, compete for pucks, and to do whatever it takes.”
Through his natural leadership skills, ability to consistently push and mentor his peers, and his relentless pursuit of success, Connor Dewar is no less than all a team could want in a captain.
“My goal for this next season is to help everyone step up to be the best player and person they can be,” said Dewar.
He expressed his enthusiasm and readiness for the season with one particular goal in mind: to lead the Everett Silvertips to their first-ever WHL Championship.
That’ll get you noticed.