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Hanzal Named an Alternate Captain for 2011-12

Saturday, 10.8.2011 / 12:32 PM MT / Features
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Hanzal Named an Alternate Captain for 2011-12
SAN JOSE -- Head Coach Dave Tippett announced on Saturday that center Martin Hanzal will join Keith Yandle as an alternate captain for the Coyotes for the 2011-12 season.

Martin Hanzal. Photo by Getty Images.
"It's a great honor, especially on a team that has Shane Doan as captain," Hanzal said. "He's a great captain and I'm really looking forward to being his assistant captain. I will definitely keep playing the way I have been all these years, but with the "A" comes more responsibility. I will be a good example for the younger guys and everyone else because that is what assistant captains do."

Doan, of course, is serving as team captain and Keith Yandle will be the first alternate.

Like Doan and Yandle, Hanzal has played his entire career with the Coyotes, the team that selected him in 2005 with the 17th overall pick of the NHL Entry Draft. In 288 games, Hanzal has notched 46 goals and 79 assists. On Thursday, he signed a five-year contract extension.

Hanzal said he was caught off guard when Tippett informed him he would be wearing an 'A' on his sweater this season.

"I'm shocked," Hanzal said. "I wasn't trying to be named assistant captain. I was just doing my job and it just happened." is the official Web site of the Arizona Coyotes. The Arizona Coyotes and are trademarks of IceArizona Hockey Co LLC, NHL, NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL Logos and marks NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 2016 The Arizona Coyotes and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved. Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | AdChoices | Contact Us