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Ducks Name Getzlaf Team Captain

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
The Anaheim Ducks announced today that they have named Ryan Getzlaf team captain. Saku Koivu and Teemu Selanne have been named alternate captains for the 2010-11 season. In addition, Corey Perry and Todd Marchant will serve as additional alternate captains when necessary.

“This is another step in the maturity process of Ryan Getzlaf,” said head coach Randy Carlyle. “We felt that with it being his sixth season in the league, now is the time for the transition and the veteran players agreed with us.”

Getzlaf, 25 (5/10/85), who is entering his sixth NHL season, will become the eighth captain in Ducks history after serving the past two seasons as an alternate captain for Scott Niedermayer. Having led the team in scoring in two of the last three seasons, Getzlaf also led the club in assists and ranked second in points in 2009-10 (19-50=69 points in 66 contests). The 6-4, 221-pound center also appeared in his first Olympics in 2010, winning a gold medal with Team Canada at the Winter Games in Vancouver. He finished the Olympic tournament tied for second on Team Canada with 2-5=7 points in seven contests.

"It’s an honor and a responsibility that I accept with it," Getzlaf said. "I’ve thought of myself as a leader and I will try to be the same way throughout this year. I’m up for the challenge and am looking forward to it.  You don’t become the captain and then change what you’re doing. It’s like becoming the president and changing everything that you campaigned about. It’s a thing that you grow into and I was lucky enough to be honored with it today."

A native of Regina Saskatchewan, Getzlaf has earned 107-232=339 points in 363 career games. His career +64 rating leads all active NHL players under age 25 heading into the 2010-11 regular season. Getzlaf was named to both the 2008 and 2009 NHL All-Star teams, having been selected as a starter in 2009 at Montreal. He had a career year in 2008-09, scoring 25-66=91 points, which ranked sixth in the NHL. He also broke the club’s single-season assists record in 2008-09 (previously Paul Kariya, 62). Getzlaf won his first Stanley Cup with Anaheim in 2007, leading the club in scoring with 7-10=17 points in 21 contests. In 56 career Stanley Cup Playoff contests, Getzlaf has earned 16-31=47 points. He also won a gold medal as part of Team Canada at the 2005 IIHF World Junior Championship. Selected by Anaheim in the first round (19th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Getzlaf signed a five-year contract extension with the Ducks on Nov. 20, 2007 (through the 2012-13 season).

"He’s been In the league for a number of years now and has established himself as one of the top players in the league," Koivu said. "He’s very mature for his age. Sometimes you have to put a player in a position like that and give him another challenge. I have no doubt that he’s going to do a great job as a captain. He’s going to be here for a long time and I think it was the right choice."

Koivu, 35 (11/23/74), enters his second season as alternate captain for the Ducks after initially assuming the role for the 2009-10 regular season. Prior to joining Anaheim last year, Koivu served as captain of the Montreal Canadiens for 10 seasons, tied for the longest tenure in the franchise’s 101-year history (also Jean Beliveau). Koivu appeared in his 14th NHL season last year, collecting 19-33=52 points with a career-high +14 rating and 36 PIM in 71 games for Anaheim. He eclipsed the 50-point mark for the seventh consecutive season while also ranking tied for 10th the NHL in game-winning goals (6) and tied for fourth overtime goals (2). In 863 career NHL games with Anaheim and Montreal, Koivu has recorded 210-483=693 points with 659 PIM.

Selanne, 40 (7/3/70), previously served as an alternate captain for Anaheim for five seasons (1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-00, 2000-01, 2005-06) and captain during the 1997-98 NHL campaign. In 1,186 career NHL games, Selanne has scored 606-654=1,260 points, ranking 35th in all-time points and 56th in all-time assists. Among active NHL players, Selanne ranks first in goals, seventh in assists and third in scoring. With 379-412=791 points in 701 games in an Anaheim uniform (1996-2001 & 2005-10), Selanne is the Ducks’ franchise leader in goals, assists, points, power play goals (147), power play points (333), game-winning goals (65), plus/minus (+117) and games played. He won his first Stanley Cup with Anaheim in 2007 in his 15th NHL season.
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