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A’s for everyone: Oilers name six alternate captains

Oct 1, 2013, 12:24 PM EDT

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Tuesday has been an interesting day for NHL captaincies.

Shortly after Buffalo announced Thomas Vanek and Steve Ott would serve as co-captains this season, Edmonton revealed it had named six — yes, six — alternate captains for the upcoming campaign: Jordan Eberle, Sam Gagner, Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Nick Schultz and Ryan Smyth.

The news comes just a few days after the Oilers named Andrew Ference the 14th captain in franchise history.

Edmonton’s setting some kind of precedent with this move. At most, NHL teams will have three alternates, or rotate through a group of players.

If we had to guess, this is an attempt by the Oilers to expand its leadership group beyond Ference — who, it should be noted, got the “C” without ever playing a game for the club — yet still honor two of the club’s more veteran players: Smyth, who has played parts of 14 seasons in Edmonton and Schultz, who at 31 is the second-oldest blueliner on the team (behind Ference, who’s 34.)

  1. shanesander - Oct 1, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    not that weird, 3 home 3 road

    • lateralous - Oct 1, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      No, they already named Ference captain so I think they have 3 sets of alternates captains.

  2. hockey412 - Oct 1, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    So suck it, Nail.

    Just kidding, but my point is, doesn’t naming this many young captains only alienate those that weren’t given the A? Seems kind of silly.

    • 19to77 - Oct 1, 2013 at 1:00 PM

      No kidding. I mean, Nugent-Hopkins? Why?

    • davebabychreturns - Oct 1, 2013 at 1:55 PM

      Don’t worry, they gave out seventeen “Certificate of Consideration” awards to the other skaters on the roster, and ice cream sundaes for Dubnyk and Labarbera so they wouldn’t feel left out.

  3. bauxjangles - Oct 1, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Not a surprising display of compete from a team that, since 1990, has just received participation awards.

  4. ibieiniid - Oct 1, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    the irony of a Canadian team assigning a lot of guys the letter “eh,” i mean “A.”

    • dueman - Oct 1, 2013 at 1:17 PM

      That’s pretty good…lol

      • ibieiniid - Oct 1, 2013 at 1:49 PM

        haha thanks man. gotta put up a W every once in a while.

  5. voltron217 - Oct 1, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    2 for home, 2 for away and 2 for third jersey nights lmfao!

  6. bildomac07 - Oct 1, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Brutal… Probably worse than what Buffalo did… I mean what happened to the school of thought that you don’t need a letter to be a leader? God forbid anyone is offended or feels bad cuz we didnt include them! Give me a break…

  7. withseidelinn - Oct 1, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    This is just silly.

    • dueman - Oct 1, 2013 at 1:15 PM

      Seconded!

  8. nj666 - Oct 1, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    When will this Mickey Mouse organization get their act together?

    • ibieiniid - Oct 1, 2013 at 1:51 PM

      easy now. Mickey don’t take kindly to insults.
      http://images.wikia.com/southpark/images/1/12/Mickeymouse.JPG

  9. rushledger - Oct 1, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    They’ll give out G badges for the goalies so they can feel extra special, and everyone else gets B badges, I’m gonna have a good laugh at my friend who’s an oilers fan later.

    • ibieiniid - Oct 1, 2013 at 2:57 PM

      I’ll humor you, what’s the B stand for?

  10. malvaren18 - Oct 1, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    It doesn’t matter wo the captain or assistants are this team still going to Finnish last they will be extremely lucky to make the playoffs this season.

    • ibieiniid - Oct 1, 2013 at 4:00 PM

      who*
      alternates*
      finish*
      team IS still*
      are, this*
      last. They*

    • gaborik104life - Oct 1, 2013 at 5:57 PM

      I like your style. It’s 5:00 somewhere.

      • imleftcoast - Oct 1, 2013 at 6:03 PM

        It’s 4:20 all the time for someone.

  11. thesableo - Oct 1, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Should have just been Hall and Smyth. This is just…weird.

    • withseidelinn - Oct 1, 2013 at 6:25 PM

      I’d take Eberle and Gagner. Hall seems a bit immature to me

  12. joey4id - Oct 1, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    First they decided to rid the room of the ghosts from the past, now they do this. Signs of team searching for an identity. Le Cirque de Oilers is in town. How could Lowe and MacTavjsh allow this to happen? Wait! They are lost in the circus as well.

  13. 950003cups - Oct 1, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Hey guys! Let’s make everyone happy and give A’s to everyone! Them after they play 83 games everyone will get a participation trophie! We don’t want to make anyone feel left out.

  14. drewzducks - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:47 PM

  15. colby7 - Oct 2, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    They are heding their bets..

    Odds are a maximum of only 3 of those players are going to be healthy at one point in time.

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