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Flyers name Filppula and MacDonald alternate captains

Pair will split wearing the 'A' for home and road games

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

By virtue of a player vote for the role of alternate captain, Philadelphia Flyers forward Valtteri Filppula will wear the 'A' for all home games and defenseman Andrew MacDonald will wear the 'A' for all road games.

Filppula was acquired by the Flyers on Mar. 1 at last year's NHL Trade Deadline and finished his season with five goals and eight points in 20 games with the club. He recorded a total of 42 points (12g-30a) in 79 regular season games split with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

A native of Vantaa, Finland, Filppula enters his 13th season in the NHL after spending time with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning. He has recorded 157 goals and 273 assists for 430 points in 795 regular season games. He has also added 79 points (24g-55a) in 152 Stanley Cup Playoff games, which includes a Stanley Cup Championship in 2008 with Detroit.

MacDonald recorded 18 points (2g-16a) in 73 games for the Flyers last season and ranked second on the team in blocked shots (151).

A native of Judique, Nova Scotia, MacDonald enters his 10th season in the NHL and fifth with the Flyers after being acquired via trade on March 4, 2014 from the New York Islanders. He has accumulated 131 points (22g-109a) in 473 regular season games with the Flyers and Islanders.

Forward Wayne Simmonds will continue to serve as alternate captain and wear the 'A' on a full time basis.

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