Minnesota Wild head coach Jacques Lemaire makes a slew of difficult decisions in a given day. The decision to name Brian Rolston captain for the month of November wouldn’t fall into that difficult category.
Just to be sure, Lemaire asked the other members of the coaching staff.
“They all said the same guy,” said Lemaire. “If I were to pick a captain for the whole year, he would be a good choice.”
Rolston served as captain for the month of October, in which the team tied a franchise record for wins in a month with nine. Rolston provided a large chunk of the offense in that stretch, leading the team with 13 points and nine goals through 11 games. Three of his goals have been game-winners.
“Obviously, it’s an honor. We had a great month of October, and if we can keep this kind of pace up in November…it’s going to be a tough month. Hopefully, we can continue to do good things.”
The ceremony, which has been performed on the ice in the past, was held in the Wild locker room prior to practice for the second straight month.
“You look at his record, the team’s record…that’s why he’s there,” said Lemaire. “He’s a leader. He’s a guy that has experience, knows what he wants and plays hard. But we also told him he can’t play like last game.”
Lemaire was referring to the Wild’s sour performance in Colorado on Sunday night, which prompted an intense practice on Tuesday.
Wes Walz and Kim Johnsson will serve as alternate captains, meaning none of the captains will change this month.
One More Game Off For Walz
Lemaire said Walz could play on Thursday night in Vancouver if the team was short on bodies. Since Pavol Demitra practiced on Wednesday and will be ready to go tomorrow night, Walz will get another game off and should be back on Saturday night.
“Another two days off will be good for him,” said Lemaire.