Ice Wolves select 'selfless, team-oriented' Marchildon to serve as '18-19 team captain

by Matt Mackinder

By Jeff Sieger 

This past weekend, the Coldwater Ice Wolves chose Eli Marchildon to be their captain for the 2018-19 season. 

Marchildon was actually traded to Coldwater from the Bracebridge Pioneers early last season, but was unable to join the team. A concussion combined with work commitments prevented him from taking the ice in Coldwater, something he says he regrets.

“I wish I had played last year," said Marchildon. "This is such a great organization. I love it here, feels like home.” 

Originally from Bracebridge, Marchildon debuted in the CPJHL with the now-defunct Muskoka Wild back in the 2016-17 season. The Wild made it all the way to the CPJHL championship game before losing a heartbreaker in overtime to the Almonte Jr. Sharpshooters.

The Ice Wolves know Marchildon will bring that playoff experience with him to Coldwater.

Described as “selfless and team-oriented” by coach Justin Beers, Marchildon has a fantastic reputation among both teammates and staff. 

“He's always positive, always helping everyone,” said Beers. 

For Marchildon, this is his first time being named captain for a team. 

“I'm still trying to adjust to it,” Marchildon said this past Saturday after their win over the Scarborough Wexford Raiders. “It means a lot to me, and it gives me a big role.” 

He, along with alternate captains Jiri Dvorak, Clayton Hongosh, Colin Carlson and Josh Davis, will be expected to lead the time both on and off the ice as they head toward the mid-season break. 

With four games to go before the Christmas break, the Ice Wolves sit in fifth place with an 8-9-1 record and will need a strong finish to their first half as all four games are against teams ahead of them in the standings. 

It starts this Saturday with a home game against the fourth-place Muskoka Anglers, then on Dec. 8 they host the third-place Maniwaki Mustangs before finally ending the first half with a home-and-home series against the first-place Essa Stallions on Dec. 15-16.