Pronger named new Captain
In a move that surprised few and validated many, the Philadelphia Flyers announced late Friday afternoon that Chris Pronger was named the 18th captain in franchise history.
Since Pronger's arrival in Philadelphia many have argued that the 6'6" defensemen's demonstrative attitude and commanding style of play made him the perfect candidate for team captain. Some even felt that former captain Mike Richards should have been stripped of his captaincy and replaced with the more vocal Pronger. Now with Richards gone and the captaincy vacated, Pronger has his chance to assume the role.
The 36 year-old defensemen will be entering his 18th season next year (third with the Flyers) and has experience leading teams. Pronger was the captain of the St. Louis Blues from 1997-2003 as well as the Anaheim Ducks for the 2007-08 season. Pronger doesn't view his job any differently regardless of this new honor. “I don’t think this changes the way I play or how I have to perform. You have to be who you are & play the way you’ve always played”
Pronger played 50 games (third lowest total of his career) last season registering four goals and 21 assists in that time. Pronger only played in three of Philadelphia's 11 playoff games in 2011 and registered a single assist.
CSN Philly reports that the new captain should be ready for the start of the season. Kimmo Timonen and Danny Briere will serve as his alternate captains.
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