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BACKLUND, TKACHUK NAMED ALTERNATE CAPTAINS

The pair were named alternates at a team dinner on Tuesday

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

VANCOUVER - With the 2018-19 season about to kick off on Wednesday, the Flames have solidified their alternate captain group for the campaign.

At a team dinner in Vancouver, Mikael Backlund and Matthew Tkachuk were officially named alternate captains. The pair will alternate wearing the A at home and on the road this season.

Backlund, the Flames' first-round selection in 2007, has played 543 games with Calgary, scoring 108 goals and 273 points in that stretch. Tkachuk, Calgary's first-round pick in 2016, has suited up for 144 games and has registered 37 goals and 97 points in his career. Both forwards acted as alternate captains during exhibition games this fall.

Backlund and Tkachuk join Sean Monahan in the alternate captain group, who will continue to wear an A throughout the season.

Keep an eye on CalgaryFlames.com for comments from both players following the morning skate on Wednesday.

The Flames will kick off the season in Vancouver on Oct. 3. Puck drop is set for 8:00 p.m. MT with Sportsnet carrying the broadcast.

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