SLOUGH Jets player-coach Slava Koulikov hailed the character of Dan Scott after he was named new club captain.

Scott, 21, takes over the ‘C’ jersey at the Hangar for the rest of the season.

As a result, Ciaran Long has also been promoted to the role Scott left as alternate captain alongside Dan Davies.

The British duo were handed their new positions on Tuesday after Michael Wales was controversially released last week and has since joined Basingstoke Bison.

Scott joined Slough last season and has impressed with his tough defensive style, making him a rising stars in the English Premier Ice Hockey League.

Jets boss Koulikov insists the decision to axe Wales was not his own, and that he is confident Scott’s competitive nature and team spirit make him the obvious replacement.

Speaking to the Observer, he explained: “It’s something that’s out of my hands, I just wish Michael all the best.

“I’m fighting for the team and we’re trying the best we can. Dan has been a leader in our dressing room from day one. I knew he had the ability and this year he’s shown his character both on and off the ice.

“I’m pleased he accepted my offer to be the new captain. Despite his young age I know he has it in him to do the job well.” Scott admitted it will be a proud moment to captain Slough for the first time when Swindon Wildcats visit the Hangar this Saturday (6.30pm f/o).

“I will give it my all on and off the ice for the team and for the fans,” he said. “It will be hard to fill Michael’s boots but I will try my very best and look forward to the challenge.” Long has been awarded the ‘A’ jersey in his second spell with the Jets following stints at Basingstoke and Manchester Phoenix.

He has shown great skill and maturity and is currently second in the club’s scoring charts behind Darius Pliskauskas.

“I feel like I’ve put a lot of hard work and effort into the team this season and I’m pleased my efforts have been rewarded with this chance,” he beamed. “Things have been changing a lot this year but I can’t see why we still can’t win some silverware.

“Slava has put a lot of faith in me and I’ve thrived off it, and hopefully with the ‘A’ on my shirt I can step up my game even more to help the team.

“I have a lot of faith in Slava too, as he obviously does in me, and I hope as a team we can deliver some great hockey for our supporters.” Koulikov continued: “I’ve known Ciaran for many years and didn’t hesitate to bring him back midway through last season.

“He has continued to develop year on year and is well liked in the dressing room. He’s a young guy who is doing well by soaking up the pressure and playing well. I know he’s more than up to the job.” **PICK up a copy of the Observer, out now, for all the latest sports news and action including Slava Koulikov's reaction to results last weekend** **FOLLOW the Observer on Twitter @Observer_sports**