Despite having yet to suit up for a game this season, Michael Fine is still embracing his role as the recently-named Ryerson Rams men’s hockey team captain and is doing all the right things in anticipation of his debut.
The 23-year-old centre was named the captain of the Rams men’s hockey team ahead of the 2014-15 season, but a nagging torn MCL injury has kept him on the sidelines to start the year.
Regardless, he’s still grateful for the opportunity.
“It’s an exciting thing to have happen to me, to be the guy to lead the team,” said Fine. “It’s always an honour to wear the captaincy on any organized team that you play for — it’s a privilege.”
One of Ryerson’s top offensive producers over the last two seasons, Fine’s 2013-14 campaign saw him finish fourth on the team in scoring with 25 points.
He followed that up with six points in three games during the post-season, which put him first in team scoring in the playoffs.
However, it isn’t just his point totals that have made Fine one of the most important players on the Rams’ roster. His five seasons in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) have also given him invaluable experience as a player who’s been in high pressure situations and knows how to operate under those circumstances.
“I definitely think I bring experience,” said Fine. “Not only from the OUA (Ontario University Athletics) and CIS (College Interuniversity Sport) with Ryerson, but coming from the OHL. Playing five years there, I gained a lot of experience and played in a lot of different situations and meaningful games.”
Fine also said that his experiences playing for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, Kingston Frontenacs and Saginaw Spirit of the OHL have helped shaped him into the player and person that he is today.
It also gave him the opportunity to mature and grow under the guidance of some of the best junior hockey coaching staffs in the country.
Now with a new life majoring in arts & contemporary studies at Ryerson, Fine has taken all that experience he’s gained over the years playing in the OHL and transformed himself into a true leader and someone who is ready to take the reins of this Rams hockey team when he makes his return.
“I put a lot of pressure on myself, not just because I’m wearing the ‘C.’ I always put pressure on myself,” said Fine.
“I think I can be the best player on the ice from both teams every game.”