Rambler at home as captain

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AMHERST - If putting your team's goals ahead of your own is the sign of a true leader than Amherst Ramblers captain Travis Turner has leadership written all over him.
"We named him captain after the second game of the season and he's running with it," coach Corey Crocker said. "The role is new to him but he's taken it on without a problem."
A natural ability to communicate with both teammates and coaches has helped the third-year Rambler's transition from assistant captain to captain.
"He knows when to crack a joke and he knows when to be serious," Crocker said. "He knows how to talk to his teammates and his coaches and he has all of our respect."
The feeling is mutual.
"This is home away from home for me," Turner said. "The 20 guys in the dressing room are family and Crocker has been unreal. He's a mentor of mine."
Turner sees his role as being, "sort of like a second coach."
"Giving me the C was a great honour. It's kind if like the organization is saying, "here's a little bit of payback for you," Turner said. "Crocker's given me a lot of responsibility and now I have to think, "what would the coach do in this situation."
Crocker said he has no worries Turner will grow as captain.
"When he came to the Ramblers three years ago we projected he'd be the captain one day. It's been a goal of his since he started with the organization and now he's there.
"He's a very intelligent hockey player and he knows the game very well," Crocker added. "And Travis has one of the better work ethics I've seen at the Jr. A level. He holds everyone accountable and he stands up for his players.
"He's a great teammate to all the players."
Turner believes this year's Ramblers lineup could go all the way.
"Last year we were young and inexperienced," Turner said. "This year we have more experience under our belt and we've added a few nice pieces by bringing in the toughness of Boland and Roebothan."
The team has a 7-2 record but Turner thinks it could easily be 9-0.
"The losses we had we shouldn't have lost."
He is not especially proud of the third period collapse in Halifax on Sunday when they gave up five goals in the third period.
"Crocker said it was his fault but it wasn't his fault," Turner said. "We thought we had the game in the bag and we kind of let up a little. It was a lesson learned and it won't happen again. We'll need those points coming down the stretch."
As a 20-year-old it's Turners last season as a Rambler and he'd love nothing more than to go out a winner for, not just himself, but also for the "awesome fans and for my teammates."
"We have a very special group here and I believe we can do it this year," Turner said. "When you get older you realize you might not have a lot of hockey left.
"This year is a great opportunity for us to win it all."

Geographic location: AMHERST, Halifax

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