Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/14/11 at 01:02 PM ET
DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that forward Milan Hejduk has been named team captain. The 35-year-old will wear the ‘C’ for the first time tomorrow night in Pittsburgh.
“Milan is a player who leads by example both on and off the ice,” said Avalanche Head Coach Joe Sacco. “He is a product of this organization and won a Stanley Cup with this franchise. He is well respected among his teammates and we feel he deserves this opportunity and responsibility.”
Hejduk, who has served as one of the permanent assistant captains since 2008-09, will become only the third captain in Avalanche history, joining Joe Sakic and Adam Foote. Overall, Hejduk is just the 10th different captain in the franchise’s 32-year history in the National Hockey League. The Usti-nad Labem, Czech Republic native joins Peter Stastny as the only European-born captains in franchise history.
“I’m honored to be named Avalanche captain,” said Hejduk. “From my rookie season here in Colorado, I have always felt a great sense of pride wearing this sweater and being a part of this organization. I am looking forward to this added responsibility.”
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