Staal named Hurricanes team captain

Carolina Hurricanes' Eric Staal skates against the Pittsburgh Penguins' in the second period of Game 2 of the NHL hockey Eastern Conference Finals in Pittsburgh, Thursday, May 21, 2009. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

January 20, 2010 8:17:21 AM PST
The Carolina Hurricanes announced Wednesday that the team has named Eric Staal the new team captain.

Staal is the fifth captain since the team's arrival in North Carolina and the 13th player to serve in that role in franchise history.

Rod Brind'Amour had served as captain from Aug. 25, 2005 until today, and will remain an alternate captain.

"Rod has been the consummate leader for the Hurricanes since his acquisition nearly 10 years ago," said Jim Rutherford, president and general manager for the Hurricanes. "He is the only captain in franchise history to lift the Stanley Cup, and he will continue to play a leadership role in our organization.

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