ALBANY -- Pascal Rheaume, an original Albany River Rat and member of the franchise's only Calder Cup championship in 1995, will serve as captain of the team this season.
Coach Robbie Ftorek, Rheaume's first pro coach in his initial stint in Albany, made the selection after consultation with general manager Chris Lamoriello
Defensemen David Hale, who played all of his rookie season in New Jersey last year, and Albany veteran Alex Brooks were named assistant captains. Brooks will miss this weekend's action with a back injury, but Ftorek said he expects him back next week. The Rats open Friday at home vs. Binghamton.