Laval (November 3, 2017) – The Laval Rocket announced today that Byron Froese has been selected captain of the Rocket, following a vote by the players. Froese will become the first player to take on this role in franchise history. Forward Chris Terry and defenseman Matt Taormina have been voted as alternate captains by their teammates. Froese entered his seventh season of professional hockey in 2017-2018 after signing a two-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens. He was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the fourth round (119th overall) at the 2009 NHL entry draft. The 26-year-old played a total of 62 NHL games since the start of his career, posting five points (2 goals and 3 assists) with the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Tampa Bay Lightning, The Winkler, Manitoba native played six NHL games in 2016-17 (two with the Maple Leafs and four with the Lightning). He spent the majority of the season in the AHL, collecting 27 goals and 46 points in 54 games with the Toronto Marlies and Syracuse Crunch. He also played in the Calder Cup final with the Lightning’s affiliate club.