Calgary, AB, Canada (4E Sports) – The Calgary Flames named defenseman Mark Giordano the 19th captain in franchise history Friday, replacing Jarome Iginla who was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins last season.
Coach Bob Hartley said the choice of Giordano was unanimous throughout the entire organization and there was no sense wasting paper to go through a vote.
“A captain should be an example of what you want to get accomplished in the organization. Here’s a guy that works non-stop. He’s always there for the others. He never complains,” said Hartley.
Signed by the Flames as an undrafted free agent in July 2004, the 29-year-old Giordano has 41 goals and 150 points in 385 NHL games, all with the Flames.
“It was pretty humbling to me that people in the organization think that highly of me,” said Giordano, who said the last time he captained a team was in minor bantam.
He won’t be alone in the leadership group as Mike Cammalleri and Curtis Glencross were named alternate captains.
The team went without a captain for a while after Iginla’s departure.
Giordano is now tasked with guiding the Flames through the first portion of a rebuilding process after the departure of Iginla and Jay Bouwmeester last season and goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff’s retirement in early September.