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Sharks to name new captain at least a day before season opener

Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports / USA TODAY Sports

The San Jose Sharks should know who will don the "C" this season before they take to the ice opening night.

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Head coach Peter DeBoer addressed the club's captain situation Wednesday, making it clear that an unveiling will be done in a timely fashion.

"It won’t be the morning of the game. I’ll give you guys a little more notice," DeBoer told's Kevin Kurz.

DeBoer assigned multiple players as assistant captains during the preseason, with Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture, and Marc-Edouard Vlasic all having their turn. However, DeBoer insists that not a lot of consideration went into dressing players with the "A" early on, but those players could be captain candidates.

"We’ve kind of spread it out amongst a group of guys that I think are all part of the leadership committee here. There wasn’t a ton of thought put into it," he said. "The guys who have worn the 'A' in preseason are the guys who are, for me, a part of that leadership group that’s here."

The Sharks went without a captain last season. Thornton held the position from 2010-14, until the team stripped him of the responsibility.

San Jose will open the season Oct. 7 against the Los Angeles Kings.

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