Danny Visitor, a 1994 birth-year forward who hails from the Cree Nation of Chisasibi on the eastern shore of James Bay in northern Quebec, has been named the first-ever captain of the St. Charles Spirit of the new Canadian International Hockey League.
The 6-foot-3, 235 pound Visitor has prior junior experience with the the Waywayseecappo Wolverines of the Manitoba Jr. Hockey League and the Mattawa Voyageurs of the Greater Metro Hockey League.
Visitor, who scored seven goals in just four games with Mattawa in 2013-2014 after being acquired from Waywayseecappo, called it an honour to sign with and be named captain of the St. Charles entry in the CIHL.
“I am thrilled and honoured to be the first captain for the St Charles Spirit. To wear the C on my jersey will be something special for me,” he told HockeyNewsNorth.com.
“I am going to come in to lead by an example. As a captain, that’s what is expected of you, to bring work and passion on the team. I will try to do everything I can to help this team to win games and in any way I can to help.
“I chose the CIHL because I thought I would try something different and to get a fresh start with a new team. When a team really wants you, that’s where you want to go. So I had no doubt in my mind that St. Charles is a place where I want to go,” said Visitor, who chose the Spirit and the CIHL over a firm offer to sign with a team in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.
St. Charles general manager Scott Ginson said he and Spirit director of operations Richard Miness identified Visitor as a player who they really wanted.
“Danny is a fierce competitor and has an absolute cannon of a shot,” Ginson told HockeyNewsNorth.com. “He is a huge young man and can man handle opponents. It was a very extensive process in signing Danny, between myself and Richard we remained in contact with Danny and his family on a daily basis so much so that he already feels like family.
“We are thrilled that a player of Danny’s caliber has chosen the CIHL and the Spirit. We hope to show others who are still undecided that the CIHL will be a place where they can show their skills and receive the recognition they deserve,” Ginson noted.