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Aucoin Named Team Captain

Tuesday, 10.04.2005 / 10:37 AM / News
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Aucoin Named Team Captain
The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have named their three captains for the 2005-06 National Hockey League season.

Adrian Aucoin has been named team captain while Martin Lapointe and Kyle Calder were named as alternates. The team captain was selected by player vote.

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Video: Aucoin address the media

Below are some quotes from Adrian Aucoin about what it takes and what it means to be a captain, excerpted from a recent interview with chicagoblackhawks.com.

"I've never been a part of a vote, really. I've never witnessed that. It's normally been coach and management, I guess ...

"There are a lot of quality leaders in this room. Young and old, which is nice ...

"It's everything. It's how guys act on and off the ice. A lot of it has to do with just who players listen to, who guys look up to. Like I said, even some of our young guys, they're here and are the type of guys that even some of the older guys like and enjoy what they have to say. You don't really need a letter on your jersey to be a leader, and I think guys have realized that a long time ago."

"I've played for a lot of good captains. Obviously, Mark Messier comes to mind, you know, playing in Vancouver. I learned a lot from him. He was one of those guys who always had time for his teammates and he loved the game of hockey and respected it a lot. That taught me a lot about the game itself ... Playing for a guy like Markus Naslund when he was captain in Vancouver was amazing, too, because no one worked harder or tried harder than him and he was just about as honest as they come ...

"A lot of times you have the "C" on your jersey because you are gonna be on the ice. And that means you're going to be playing hard and you're going to be talking to the refs. A lot of it, it doesn't necessarily mean you're the best leader because it's just a letter on the jersey. But I guess there's something that comes along with it that if there is a major decision sometimes and if a lot of guys are on the fence, they'll sometimes wait to see what the captain has to say ...

"Most teams have a pretty good captain when they win the Stanley Cup. But a lot of times, it's just not that captain. Of course, it's a good captain, but you look up and down the roster and a lot of guys have that quality too."