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07-25-2012, 06:11 AM
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Originally Posted by pete goegan View Post
it is my understanding, and please correct me if I'm wrong, that the role of the captain in hockey is unlike that of other sports. In most, the position is mostly honorary and inspirational, with no more onerous duties than calling the coin flip and keeping emotion flowing, as needed. In hockey, along with the usual locker room speechifying, the captain has specific on-ice responsibilities relating to contact with the officials. As well, though, there seems to be a role as a go-between for the coaches and management that doesn't appear to be as prominent in other sports. Seems that, in hockey much more than elsewhere, management has an investment in the captaincy as a bridge to the players. That, to me, explains why management plays a greater role in the selection of the captain, rather than just allowing it to represent a popularity contest among the players.
That's mine too.

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