Sam Carrick, a former draft pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs, recently sat down for an exclusive interview with Job Skills’ Compass Magazine, where he discussed his leadership style and his time with the Brampton Battalion. Carrick, now playing for the Anaheim Ducks, considers himself to be the type of player who leads by example.
In the interview, Carrick shared that he chose to play in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) rather than pursue a college route because he believed he was ready to face the challenge of playing with older, more experienced players. This decision proved to be a pivotal moment in his development as a leader.
Carrick credits some of the great captains he played with in Brampton, including Cody Hodgson, a former 10th overall pick by the Vancouver Canucks, for teaching him valuable lessons about leadership. When Carrick was named captain, he made the conscious decision to lead by example. He saw himself as a role model for the younger players and took this responsibility seriously.
Throughout our interview, it became evident that Carrick is a humble player who prefers to let his actions on the ice speak for themselves. His journey to the NHL was not without its challenges, but Carrick displayed an incredible amount of perseverance. It comes as no surprise that he chooses to lead through his actions rather than his words.
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