Kade Olsen is the man to proudly wear the “C” on his jersey this season for the Humboldt Broncos.
The stay-at-home defender says he would not consider himself a vocal leader, but one who chooses his spots.
“I’ve never been a great vocal guy,” said the Broncos captain. “I do my best to give the guys advice and do my best to lead by example and show them hard work and show them what to do and hopefully they will follow through.”
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“It’s his fourth year with the Broncos and he’s one of those guys, he’s an hour on the track before everyone else every day,” Broncos head coach and general manager Scott Barney said.
“He’s in the weight room, he controls the locker room very well. On ice, it is difficult to play against him, he is in your face, he is a coach’s dream. Anything you want, he’ll do it for you, for the team, and it’s always great to have those guys as leaders for you. “
“Ollie is a great guy,” added Broncos forward Alec Saretsky. “He’s been in the league… four years. He knows how to cheer up the boys. He has a lot of experience and he can pass it on to the younger guys on the team. “
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Olsen has had the opportunity to learn from some great leaders in his time as a Bronco. Like Brayden Camrud and Derek Patter, just to name a few.
“Yeah, they were great,” says Olsen.
“I entered at 17 and they showed me the way. How to work with your partner D, all systems. They teach you all that, but not only that, they teach you how to be a good person, so that’s amazing. That’s the best part of being a Bronco. Making that child’s day by talking to them. Having Grandma’s Day open the door for her, so that’s great. “
The veteran Saskatoon defender said the Humboldt community will always be close to his heart and, once his playing days are over, he plans to return often.
“I’m only an hour away, so I’ll probably make the trip a couple times a year,” says Olsen with a smile on his face.
“Hanging out with the guys and my billet sisters, my billets, they are like a second family to me, so I’ll be back a lot.”
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