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Thursday, January 17, 2013
Salvador named Devils' captain

By Kieran Darcy

The New Jersey Devils on Tuesday named Bryce Salvador their captain, the 10th in team history.

The 36-year-old defenseman has been with the Devils since 2008 and replaces former captain Zach Parise, who signed with the Minnesota Wild in the offseason.

"It's a tremendous honor," Salvador said, according to The Record's Tom Gulitti. "It's just a huge compliment."

"The strength, I think, of our group is the depth of leadership in that room," said Devils coach Pete DeBoer, according to Gulitti. "As tough as it was to pick a captain, it was tough to not put A's on certain guys, too. That's a real strength for us. I think whomever I picked would have been right.

"Sal is a consummate pro, leads by example and has developed into a great leader and a great player in this league. So, it was a good choice by us."

Forwards Patrik Elias and Ilya Kovalchuk remain alternate captains.

The Devils open their regular season Saturday night against the New York Islanders, at Nassau Coliseum.