Chris Pronger Named Flyers Captain

Posted: September 17, 2011 in Flyers

In a move that did not come as much of a surprise to many fans, Chris Pronger was named the 18th captain in Philadelphia Flyers franchise history, with Kimmo Timonen and Danny Briere being named as alternate captains.

Pronger, seen by many as one of the more prominent voices in the locker room, becomes the first defenseman to captain the Flyers since Jason Smith was named captain prior to the 2007-2008 season. After the Flyers traded captain Mike Richards to the Los Angeles Kings, one thing many fans wondered was who is going to take over as captain.

I had a strong feeling that the next captain was going to be one of three people: Kimmo Timonen, Danny Briere, and Chris Pronger (all of which had been a team captain at one point in their careers). Between those three, Chris Pronger was the easy choice. I am not taking anything away from Timonen or Briere, but Pronger’s presence in the locker room was felt from the moment he arrived in Philadelphia. As far as leadership goes, many considered Pronger almost an unofficial captain. Danny Briere was even quoted as saying that Pronger was “the de facto captain last season.”

Briere himself was seen as a possible replacement for Richards, especially following last season’s first round playoff series against the Buffalo Sabres. Briere’s speech during the second intermission of Game 6 sparked the Flyers to a thrilling overtime victory to force a game 7, which the Flyers would go on to win 5-2. Frankly if Pronger was not named captain, Briere would have been the easy choice for captain.

Today, the inevitable was made official.

I am hoping that the strong veteran leadership of Pronger, Briere, and Timonen (among others), coupled with the young stars and new additions to the roster, will make for a successful and rewarding season.

We will see how things go when the puck drops on the 2011-2012 Flyers season on Thursday October 6 in Boston against the Bruins.

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