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Chris Pronger Named Flyers Captain

Posted by Landon Ewaniuk on September 16, 2011 at 4:30 PM


After much anticipation, it's official, Chris Pronger has been named the 18th Captain in Philadelphia Flyers history.  Danny Briere and Kimmo Timonen will serve as alternate captains for the 2011-12 season.



The following is a statement from Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren:


“With Chris’ experience and presence, we felt that he was the perfect player to take over as captain of the Philadelphia Flyers.”

 

“Having Kimmo and Danny, both former captains in the NHL, serving as alternates, really gives us a strong, dedicated leadership group.”

 

“All three of these players know what it takes to win and are excellent role models both on and off the ice.” NHL.com 


As an Edmonton Oilers fan, I know all about the leadership Chris Pronger brings to the table. Edmonton hasn't been the same team since Pronger's departure. This man was the engine behind the magical Stanley Cup run of 2006. 


If Pronger remains healthy, there is no reason why Philadelphia cannot have multiple runs at the Stanley Cup

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3 Comments

Reply Brendan Munro
6:17 PM on September 16, 2011 
Pronger's greatest strength as a captain is his expectation of winning and the incredibly high standards he holds his teammates accountable to. For that reason, he is a good choice for captain. Sadly, I think we'll see him miss big parts of this season with injuries as his body is likely still not 100% after surgery and he'll push his body past its limits.
Reply Landon Ewaniuk
7:32 PM on September 16, 2011 
Brendan Munro says...
Pronger's greatest strength as a captain is his expectation of winning and the incredibly high standards he holds his teammates accountable to. For that reason, he is a good choice for captain. Sadly, I think we'll see him miss big parts of this season with injuries as his body is likely still not 100% after surgery and he'll push his body past its limits.

You are right on the money with this comment Brendan!
Reply James Lindsay
9:54 PM on September 17, 2011 
Chris Pronger is one of the great defencemen in this game. He is a sure Hall inductee and still has a lot left. I think he will be back before any of us think he will be.

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