SLOUGH Jets star Mindaugas Kieras is convinced his side have turned a corner after he was named new club captain.

Kieras takes over the ‘C’ jersey at The Hangar for the rest of the season with Ales Padelek and Matt Towalski promoted to the role of alternate captains.

The trio were handed their new positions on Tuesday after former head coach Slava Koulikov’s shock decision to leave the club for Peterborough Phantoms.

Kieras is widely recognised as one of the top defenceman in the English Premier Ice Hockey League and says it is an honour to captain the Jets.

He beamed: “I’ve played with many good leaders since I got here so you try to take bits and pieces from all the guys, and they’ve really helped me form the player I am now.

“It’s an honour to be named captain of the team. I want to move forward and leave in the past everything that’s happened recently at the club.

“We still have half a season to play and I will make sure we compete in every shift over every single game to win something here.” New alternate captain Towalski started his senior career with Slough in the British National League, before making 500 Premier League appearances with the Jets and Milton Keynes Lightning.

Forward Padelek has been a fans’ favourite since arriving at The Hangar this season. He quickly gained the respect of his team-mates and bagged a hat-trick in the 4-2 win against Basingstoke Bison on Sunday.

New Slough Jets head coach Craig Moran explained: “Since my employment things have been moving forward and we’ve just played out a great win at the weekend.

“Mindy has a wealth of experience in the game and brings positivity to the room and the team. I know all three will be great leaders and I’m looking forward to working with them.” Kieras will take charge of the Jets for the first time this weekend in a double header against Milton Keynes. Slough travel to the Coventry Skydome on Saturday (7.30pm face-off) and return to home ice on Sunday (6.30pm).

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