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Captains rule No. 1: Be yourself

NHL tradition has dictated that it's captains be a presence both on the ice and off.

Updated: October 6, 2003, 3:02 PM ET
By Ray Ferraro | Special to ESPN.com

Being named captain of an NHL team is an amazing honor. During my career, I was extremely proud to wear the captain's jersey for the Atlanta Thrashers. To me, it meant that my general manager and coach had faith in my abilities both on and off the ice. It also meant that they respected what I had accomplished throughout my career, as well as my ability to influence our young players.

Along with the captain role, comes significant responsibility. When issues arise, the rest of the team ...

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