That was a deke Patrice Bergeron did not see coming.
The Boston Bruins played a little prank on their new captain before handing over the honors.
Coach Bruce Cassidy at first named forward Brad Marchand as the new team captain. Marchand came to the front of the room and shook his coach's hand before revealing the truth. The Bruins went the extra mile for the gag, even having a Marchand No. 63 jersey made up with a captain's C on it. The team shared the prank in a video posted to Twitter.
Marchand went to the front of the locker room to accept the jersey and fake captaincy, let the moment hang there for a second before addressing the team and saying "I think we all know who the real captain is."
Bergeron sat quietly on the side during the prank, eventually coming to the front when the real announcement was made.
The Bruins captaincy was vacated when defenseman Zdeno Chara signed a one-year contract with the Washington Capitals on Dec. 30.
Bergeron is the 20th captain in Bruins history. Marchand and forward David Krejci are the team's alternate captains.