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| Updated Feb. 4, 2008 at 2:34 p.m. |
For the second time this season, Jochen Hecht will see a "C" stitched onto his jersey.
Head coach Lindy Ruff named the German national as Sabres captain for the month of February on Monday morning. Hecht served in the same role for the opening month of the season (October) and has been an alternate captain the past three months.
Hecht has been consistently complimented by Ruff throughout the season as being a leader and the one player who always plays the system.
Adam Mair and Brian Campbell were named as alternates.
More coverage to come on Sabres.com throughout the day.
Captains this Season
Jochen Hecht (October, 2007)
Toni Lydman (November, 2007)
Brian Campbell (December, 2007)
Jaroslav Spacek (January, 2008)
Jochen Hecht (February, 2008)
History of the Captaincy
Quotes from Jochen Hecht concerning the captaincy
Were you surprised that you were the first player Lindy Ruff selected as captain twice this season?
Jochen Hecht: I wasn’t surprised. I think our line played well in the last month, contributed offensively and we said before that there is no reason that you can’t do it twice.
Do you have any kind of speeches planned?
Jochen Hecht: No, not yet. I don't have anything planned. I try to go out there, be a leader on the ice and be a leader off the ice. I think it’s up to everybody in the room to make a difference.
Why did you go back to Jochen?
Lindy Ruff: We went back based on his play. We really feel his play in the month was something that was a real bright spot for us. Even that line was a bright spot for us. We just went back to him.
Even from the fourth line Adam Mair can be a real leader in the room, can't he?
Lindy Ruff: He is a guy that you never have an issue with his effort. As the games get tighter and grittier, the more Adam’s value starts to rise. We need his grit and we need his intensity.
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