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Islanders give 'A' to Andrew MacDonald

Tuesday, 10.01.2013 / 6:26 PM / News

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Islanders give 'A' to Andrew MacDonald
The New York Islanders announced Tuesday that defenseman Andrew MacDonald has been named as an alternate captain.

The New York Islanders announced Tuesday that defenseman Andrew MacDonald has been named as an alternate captain. He joins forward Kyle Okposo as alternates; John Tavares was named team captain last month.

MacDonald, 27, is entering his fifth full NHL season with the Islanders in 2013-14. The Judique, Nova Scotia, native had three goals and 12 points in 48 games last season. He led the Islanders in average time on ice (23:31) for the second straight year and tied for third in the League in blocked shots with 123, two shy of the league lead.

The Islanders selected MacDonald in the sixth round (No. 160) of the 2006 NHL Draft. In 232 career games with the Islanders, MacDonald has 13 goals and 65 points, with a plus-8 rating and 105 penalty minutes.

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