Hatcher named acting captain of Flyers
1/29/2006 4:46:17 PM
VOORHEES, N.J. (AP) - Derian Hatcher is the new acting captain for the struggling Philadelphia Flyers.
He replaces captain Keith Primeau, who is out indefinitely with a concussion.
Hatcher previously served as captain of the Dallas Stars and wore the "C" during the team's Stanley Cup championship in 1999.
The Flyers have been without a designated captain since Primeau was sidelined Oct. 30. Hatcher is the 14th captain in the franchise's 39-year history, a number that includes two stints by now-general manager Bobby Clarke.
After Saturday night's 6-0 loss to Tampa Bay, the Flyers have lost seven of 10, including five of six at home.
Hatcher and Primeau met with Clarke and coach Ken Hitchcock on Sunday.
"I think it's something that (Hitchcock) and some of the players felt that, with some of what's been going on, that there needed to be a captain, a voice in the room that represents the team," Hatcher said.
Kind of reminds me of when we named Niedermayer acting Captain when Stevens went down with the PCS. Wonder if Primeau is done for the year...I mean, he's been out since October now, doesn't sound like he's returning anytime soon, especially with Hatcher being named acting Captain.
Edited by RD, 29 January 2006 - 06:51 PM.