GLENDALE -- The brain trust of the Portland Pirates has selected center Alexandre Bolduc to be team captain for the 2012-13 season.
Bolduc, 27, played 23 games for the Pirates last season and stood out at training camp this month.
“We were really impressed with his attitude coming into camp,” said Coyotes Assistant General Manager Brad Treliving, who also serves as G.M. of the Pirates – the Coyotes’ affiliate in the American Hockey League. “Alex was there to work every day, and he’s a guy that our younger players can look at and say ‘these are the things that you have to do to be a pro.’ And it’s not just the way he plays, it’s the way he prepares for games and practices, and the way he looks after himself. He’s just been a true leader for this team from Day One of camp.”
The Pirates, who begin their season on Saturday with a game at Adirondack, also announced four alternate captains on Thursday: Forwards Andy Miele and Jordan Szwarz, and defensemen Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Chris Summers.
Bolduc is excited to be a team captain for the first time in his career.
“It’s a good feeling,” Bolduc said. “I’ve been around long enough now where I’ve learned from a lot of good captains and I’ve definitely taken good stuff from each one of them. Hopefully, I can bring it to the team here this year.”
Bolduc said the captain that has impressed him the most during his career is three-time Stanley Cup winner Mike Keane, whom Bolduc played with for Manitoba (AHL) no too long ago.
“I learned a lot of things from playing with him, but I think the biggest thing was just respecting the game,” Bolduc said. “He taught me that if you respect the game the game will respect you back, and that’s something that I’ll always remember. As soon as you might think that you’re a little too good for a certain league, the game has a way of bringing you back down to Earth. So, that was one thing that I definitely took from him. How could you not listen to a guy that played so long in the NHL, and won, and proved himself time and time again?”
Phoenix originally signed Bolduc on July 2, 2011 and then re-signed him exactly one year later. Before coming to the Coyotes’ organization, Bolduc played 46 games for the Vancouver Canucks over three seasons. He also appeared in three Stanley Cup Playoff games with Vancouver in 2011.
Bolduc began his time with the Coyotes by suffering a serious upper-body injury early in training camp last season. The injury kept him sidelined until February when he returned and played 23 games for the Pirates and two games for the Coyotes. His goal is to earn a return trip to the Coyotes in the near future.
“He’s motivated to return to the NHL … so he’s a real good choice (for team captain),” Treliving said. “We’re going to lean on him for a lot of things in Portland this year.”
Bolduc has scored 45 goals as an AHL player, including 18 for Manitoba in 2007-08. He’s hoping for a similar season in 2012-13.
“I feel like I’ve done everything in my power to be ready for this season,” Bolduc said. “I’ve come into camp in great shape and so far the camp has gone really well for me.”
He added, “I think if you prepare well, goals and points will come, and the stats will take care of themselves.”
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