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Derian Hatcher Named Team Captain

Sunday, 01.29.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Derian Hatcher Named Team Captain


Voorhees, NJ – With the uncertainty of Keith Primeau's health, the Flyers have named defenseman Derian Hatcher the 14th captain in franchise history. Hatcher, who was signed as a free agent by the club this summer, will wear the "C" until Primeau returns from his concussion.

Ken Hitchcock and Bob Clarke met with Primeau on Sunday morning at the Sovereign Bank Flyers Skate Zone.

"Clarkie and Hitch pulled me into Clarkie's office, and said that the team is kind of a lost ship at sea right now and kind of floundering and we need some direction," said Primeau. "As good as the guys have been to find ways to win hockey games, right now we're at a tough patch and we need that direction.

"Without knowing what my status is and my availability, we need direction now. I agreed, and temporarily they are going to pass the captaincy to Derian Hatcher and make Sami Kapanen and Simon Gagne permanent assistants, and I'm okay with that."

Hatcher has experience with being a captain under Hitchcock. He was the captain of the Dallas Stars team in 1999, which was led by Hitchcock to the Stanley Cup.

"I think that working with Hitch before and being the captain in Dallas, I can definitely bring some of that [experience]," said Hatcher. "It wasn't always good times. There were bad times and a lot of good times. Hopefully I can bring some of that here, and just maybe help the guys with Hitch a little more."

Primeau has been out of the lineup since late October, but the team still flourished without him and continues to lead the Atlantic Division with 68 points. Lately, however, the team has not performed nearly as well and the Flyers have lost six of eight games, which apparently helped lead to the move.

"I think that one of Hitch's biggest concerns was just needing a voice in the room," said Hatcher. "The voice in the room that [says] the way we're supposed to be playing and the system we're supposed to be playing, and to hold guys accountable to the team."

Giving up the captaincy, although he will get it back when and if he returns, was not easy for Primeau. Still, it is obvious that he is looking out for the best interests of the team.

"The team is more important than my pride at this time. It's the right decision," said Primeau.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 82 28 58 7 86
J. Voracek 82 23 39 11 62
W. Simmonds 82 29 31 -4 60
S. Hartnell 78 20 32 11 52
M. Streit 82 10 34 3 44
B. Schenn 82 20 21 0 41
M. Read 75 22 18 -4 40
S. Couturier 82 13 26 1 39
V. Lecavalier 69 20 17 -16 37
K. Timonen 77 6 29 5 35
 
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R. Emery 9 12 2 .903 2.96
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