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PRESS RELEASE: Oilers name alternate captains for 2015-16 season

by Edmonton Oilers Press Release / Edmonton Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers announced today, they have named Andrew Ference, Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins as alternate captains for the 2015-16 season.

Ference, 36, has served as the Oilers Captain for the past two seasons and he is entering his 16th NHL season and third with the Oilers. The Sherwood Park, Alberta native has appeared in 901 career NHL games, registering 225 points (43G, 182A) and 747 penalty minutes. Ference has received the Oilers Community Service Award the past two seasons (2013-14, 2014-15) for his extensive charitable work in Edmonton.

Eberle, 25, enters his sixth season with the Oilers where he has played in 356 career NHL games, recording 284 points (120G, 164A). The Regina, Saskatchewan native led the Oilers in points (63), assists (39), power play points (21) and power play goals (6) last season. He also tied for the team lead in goals (24) with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Eberle was named an NHL All-Star in 2012 and has won the Edmonton Oilers Zane Feldman Trophy (MVP) in 2011-12.

Hall, 23, is heading into his sixth season with the Oilers and has accumulated 263 points (106G, 157A) in 299 career NHL games. The Kingston, Ontario native ranked fourth on the team in goals and third on the team in points with 38 (14G, 24A). Hall has won several Oilers team awards including the Zane Feldman Trophy three times (2010-11, 12-13, 13-14), Top First Year Oiler in 2010-11 and the Oilers Most Popular Player in 2012-13.

Nugent-Hopkins, 22, enters his fifth season with the Oilers and has posted 188 points (65G, 123A) in 258 career NHL games. The Burnaby, British Columbia native tied for the team lead in goals (24) with Jordan Eberle last season and ranked second on the Oilers in points (56), assists (32), power play points (14) and game winning goals (2). Nugent-Hopkins was named an NHL All-Star in 2014-15 and has also been awarded with several team awards, including the Zane Feldman Trophy as the Oilers Most Valuable Player in 2014-15, Most Popular Player twice (2011-12, 2014-15) and Top Defensive Forward in 2012-13.

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