Kings’ Brown, Sabres’ Rivet named captains

 

With the new National Hockey League season opening up in North America on Thursday, NHL teams were busy Wednesday handing out the ‘C’.

 
 
 
 
 

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With the new National Hockey League season opening up in North America on Thursday, NHL teams were busy Wednesday handing out the ‘C’.

Dustin Brown became the youngest captain in the history of the Los Angeles Kings, while Craig Rivet earned the honour in his first season with the Buffalo Sabres.

The Kings also named centre Anze Kopitar and defenceman Matt Greene as alternate captains.

“This was a difficult decision to make as we have a lot of quality candidates, but we, as an organization, are excited about the three players selected, and we believe they will help lead our club both now and in the future,” Kings coach Terry Murray said in a statement.

Brown, who is heading into his fifth season in Los Angeles, scored a career-high 33 goals last season. In 269 career games with the Kings, he has potted 65 goals and 74 assists.

The 21-year-old Kopitar is heading into his third season with the Kings, while Greene, 25, is in his first year in Tinseltown after spending the previous three with the Edmonton Oilers.

“Dustin has impressed me a great deal with his leadership,” said Murray. “He comes to the rink each day prepared and his on-ice work shows a great deal of focus. He has total commitment to this team.”

In Buffalo, Rivet becomes the team’s first full-time captain since Stu Barnes held the position from 2001-03. Since the 2003-04 seasons, the Sabres have rotated the captaincy.

The 34-year-old Rivet, who was drafted by Montreal in 1992, has played 744 career games with the Canadiens and San Jose Sharks.

“I’m obviously a little bit surprised,” said Rivet. “I’m new to the team and organization . . . this means a lot to me today.

“Maybe I’ve been through a little more than most. This is a credit to myself that I’ve persevered through a lot throughout my career. This is a great day. I’m happy to be part of a real strong unit of leadership on this team.”

Sabres coach Lindy Ruff named defencemen Teppo Numminen and Jaroslav Spacek, along with forward Jochen Hecht and Jason Pominville as rotating alternate captains.
 
 
 
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