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09-28-2003, 09:05 AM
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Rodent
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The term is "alternate captain" not "assistant captain".

"A" sweaters do not provide assistance to the team captain. "A" merely designates to the referee the identity of a player who is authorized to speak on behalf of the team when the "C" player is not on the ice.

If you don't wear a letter, the zebras will ignore you.

Why does this make a difference?

Because it determines how "A" players are chosen.

While it's natural to think of selecting "A" players based upon their ability to lead... the truth is that "A" players are chosen such that at least one lettered sweater is likely to be one the ice at any given time.

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