Not including his brief stint wearing the “A” last season with the Anaheim Ducks, Adam Henrique has served as an Alternate Captain for a total of 5 seasons with the Windsor Spitfires (2009-10), Albany Devils (2012-13), and New Jersey Devils (2015-18). Although he only wore the “A” for 16 games with the Albany Devils, we will still consider it for the sake of the argument.
During his final season with the Windsor Spitfires in 2009-10, he wore the “A” alongside Greg Nemisz, Dale Mitchell, and captain Harry Young. Together, the four of them led the Spitfires to their second consecutive Memorial Cup, where they ultimately won in Game 4 against the Barrie Colts after almost being knocked out by the Kitchener Rangers in Round 3.
Taking his post as alternate captain is also proof that a player doesn’t have to be the best on the team to be a leader. Henrique was one of the best centers on the team, and the top 3 in point production that season, but being a leader is about so much more than that.
Henrique’s previous experience in the position as an alternate captain says a lot about his character and leadership skills. He was trusted by his coaches and teammates. It also points to his passion and determination not only for the game but his dedication to his teammates as well. As mentioned when examining Josh Manson’s experience wearing the “A”, these are not learned traits.