The Louisiana Drillers of the NA3HL are proud to announce our leadership for the 2023-2024 season. Colton Sebastian has been appointed as the team’s Captain, while Alex Boyd, Brody Neish, and Ethan Littlefield will serve as Assistant Captains. These talented individuals will play pivotal roles in guiding the team to success both on and off the ice.
Head Coach Chris Francis expressed his confidence in these leaders, stating, “Naming Colton as the captain this season was a no-brainer for our club. He’s a great person and a hard worker, someone willing to do whatever it takes to make this team successful. I’m excited to see how he leads this team throughout the year and watch him continue to grow as a person.”
Coach Francis had equally high praise for the Assistant Captains: “Brody, Alex, and Ethan as they are the perfect supporting cast for Colton. Brody’s determination and drive are infectious, pushing everyone around him to be their best. Ethan’s genuine care for the team and his teammates made him an outstanding choice. Alex possesses strong leadership qualities both on and off the ice, making him a valuable asset to our club. These three young men exemplify excellence, and I’m thrilled to have them as our assistant captains.”
In an interview with Colton Sebastian, he shared his feelings about being named Captain, saying, “I feel honored. I’m glad that I get to lead a lot of these young guys. I’ve been in this league a while and I think I know the ins and outs, what they need to know, and what they need to do to advance.” Colton further elaborated on his strengths as a leader: “I feel like I know what to do, and I know how to help guys. If they need anything, they can always come to me. I’m there to be honest and transparent with them, while also supporting them throughout their season.” When asked about his goals and expectations as a leader on the team, Colton emphasized leading by example both on and off the ice: “Leading by example, showing these guys what to do, respecting others, and making sure if I’m doing the right thing, they will too.”
Assistant Captain Brody Neish expressed his excitement about the appointment, saying, “It’s an honor, and I’m really excited about it. I’ve been around for a little bit and look forward to taking on the assistant captain role this year.” Neish emphasized the importance of unity within the team: “I really think that we need to focus on being a team and playing as a team, rather than individuals, and with that, we will have a lot of success this year.”
Assistant Captain Ethan Littlefield also expressed his surprise and honor as being named to the leadership team. He said, “I put the work ethic in. I try to take the stress off the guys, push them to work harder, and ensure they meet or exceed Coach’s expectations.”
Alex Boyd, another Assistant Captain, commented, “I’m honored and shocked at the same time, especially coming in as a first-year player and new to the league. It’s going to be a curveball, but we as a team will figure it out and grind through it.” Boyd highlighted his strengths as a leader, “My work ethic and accountability are qualities that I hold myself to each day. That is a standard for me and my previous history of being a captain has prepared me for this role.”
Each of these leaders is committed to leading by example, both on and off the ice, and to creating an environment where the Louisiana Drillers can thrive. The entire organization is excited about the prospects for the upcoming season under their guidance.
The Drillers open the season on the road with two back-to-back weekends against the Mid-City Stars and Texas RoadRunners. The team returns to Lafayette for their home opener on October 6th against the team that ended their last season, the Texas Brahmas!
General admission is $8 for adults, $5 for youth and kids under 5 years old are free. We hope to see everyone in attendance this season as we PACK THE PLANET for another successful Louisiana Drillers hockey season! Geaux Drillers.