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09-22-2013, 05:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Draft View Post
You seem like more of a fan than an actual athlete...

I'd definitely agree with Andy. Unless this captain is really special, the captainship is never as big as fans like to think in any sport. How do you know these inner workings of the NHL?
I was always the "leader" of my teams. You can make a difference, but it only goes so far. A speech won't turn a bad team into a dynasty. Things need to be said and that's why captains are there, to get people in line when they need to be. But the extent of its game-changing ability is limited.

It's needed, but fans romanticize its role. It's not like a guy gets up with dramatic music and delivers a 25 minute monologue, after which the team goes flying on the ice and crushes its opponents. You call out who needs to be called out, both individuals and the team. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes two or three key teammates are having bad games and no amount of leadership will change that individual performance. There are just too many dynamics in sports.

Also, a team shouldn't depend on one person to speak up anyway.

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