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12-07-2009, 12:09 PM
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Coach Laviolette on Richards and the Captaincy - courtesy of the Flyers official blog

With lots of false, unsubstantiated rumors swirling earlier over the weekend about the team captaincy, Laviolette was asked to explain his early impressions of Mike Richards.

“From what I’ve seen, he’s a really good leader. He’s a fierce competitor, and he’s a young kid. Like a young coach, or a young leader, or a young hockey player, I think you always learn. But, he certainly displays the qualities and the characteristics that you would want to see in a captain.

“When it comes to leadership, I think there’s always people who exemplify that in a room as well, and we’re fortunate that we have other guys that can contribute too, but based on my early observations, Mike Richards is the leader of this team. He’s exemplifies what you would want in a captain.”

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