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Richards named Flyers' captain

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Almost from the day he was drafted, Flyers center Mike Richards was referred to by many as the future captain of the club.

On Wednesday, that speculation became a reality, as the 23-year-old fourth year center was named as the 17th captain in franchise history, according to general manager Paul Holmgren.

After having four captains in the last four seasons, Richards is likely to be in that position for awhile. His 12-year contract extension, signed last December, kicks in this season.

He was reached for comment while participating in a club-sponsored golf outing in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

“It’s obviously a privilege to be part of such a traditional organization, and be captain of it,” he said. “I am going to do my best to do it. We have a lot of great team leaders right now on our team, and you don’t have to change anything. I think everybody really helps out around the dressing room. There are so many leaders, you just kind of have to do your own thing and more worry about yourself and help out where things are needed.”

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