Sharks to name new captain at least a day before season opener
The San Jose Sharks should know who will don the "C" this season before they take to the ice opening night.
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 CSNBayArea.com'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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