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Sharks will name captain before opener: report

by NHL.com Staff / NHL.com

The San Jose Sharks will name a captain before their season-opener against the Los Angeles Kings on Oct. 7, first-year coach Peter DeBoer told CSNBayArea.com on Wednesday.

When that captain will be named is still unknown, although "it won't be the morning of the [Kings] game," DeBoer said. "I'll give [the media] a little more notice."

DeBoer has had a number of players serve as alternate captains during preseason games, among them forwards Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton, Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau, and defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic. Marleau and Thornton previously have been Sharks captains.

"We've kind of spread it out amongst a group of guys that I think are all part of the leadership committee here," DeBoer said. "There wasn't a ton of thought put into it. The guys who have worn the 'A' in preseason are the guys who are, for me, a part of that leadership group that's here.

"I'm very happy with the leadership here. Real impressed with how they come to work every day, the professionalism, how serious they are. There's a lot of good things in that area here."

The Sharks have not had a captain since Thornton was removed from the role prior to last season under former coach Todd McLellan.

San Jose and the New Jersey Devils are the only teams without a captain.

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