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09-28-2003, 09:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Rodent
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.

PS - To keep the game from slowing down, it is not permitted to have the netminder wear a letter. You don't want him skating to center ice and then over to the bench (to explain a ruling to the coach) every time there's a dispute.

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