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11-15-2011, 07:07 PM
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I think it mostly boils down to their personalities. Kopi is by far the better player, but he has a more low-key type of personality. While he doesn't necessarily shy away from the spotlight, he is more of a quiet guy. While he leads by example, I can't see him getting in another player's face or being a vocal leader in front of the entire team.

Brown is clearly more aggressive in terms of how he communicates and is more comfortable being the guy that is the spokesman for the team. He leads by example through his hard work on the ice and his personal ethics off the ice.

While Kopi is a leader in his own way, he isn't your typical "rah rah" kind of person you normally see as a captain in the NHL. Brown is.

I think a good comparison to Kopi is Luc Robitaille. He was always an "A" but only held the "C" for a brief time when Gretz was hurt. He, like Kopi was highly skilled, loved by teammates and fans, and had great instincts for the game, he just wasn't a fiery type of leader.

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