For home games during the 2017-18 season, the Carleton Place Canadians will be profiling one player from the team. This time, the profile is on team captain Geoff Kitt.
Birthdate: Feb. 9, 1997
Hometown: Dryden, Ont.
Weight: 179 lbs
Now in his third season with the Canadians, Kitt was named captain for what is his last season of eligibility in the CCHL as a 20-year-old. As captain, he said the biggest adjustments for this season are the way he communicates with the team and his attitude on the ice.
“Trying to make all the new guys feel welcome. We don’t want anyone coming in here nervous, we want everyone to just feel comfortable so they can play their best every night,” he said. “I’ve just got to be more positive on the bench and not get so down on myself like the past two years and just worry about playing the best I can while I’m out there
Before he started junior hockey, Kitt played for the Thunder Bay AAA Kings before moving on to the Kenora Thistles Midget AAA team for his final midget year. With the Thistles, Kitt had 13 goals and 23 assists, 36 points, in 29 games.
Over his two seasons with Carleton Place, Kitt said it has been a great development process to this point.
“The first year here was a bit tough. (Clarke’s) practices are tough, he’s hard on you and he wants the best out of you every night. You’re just forced to work hard and that just makes you into a better hockey player all-around.”
Kitt plays a solid, two-way game, something that he tries to show on the ice during games.
“I like to help out the defence and the D-zone a lot, I’m usually the first guy back and win a battle to win the puck,” he said. “When I’m on offence, I’m more of a playmaking kind of guy. Moving the puck to my wingers, trying to help them.”
In his last two years, Kitt has scored 28 goals and has tallied 44 assists combined, for 72 total points in his CCHL career before this season. In the first seven games of the season, he has four goals and six assists, 10 points, and sits second in team scoring.
Near the start of the 2016-17 season, Kitt cleared up what his hockey future will hold after his time in Carleton Place as he committed to go to Mercyhurst University for the start of the 2018-19 season.