NHL news: Sabres, Oilers name captains

USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Sabres and Edmonton Oilers took an untraditional approach to naming their leadership groups.

Tradition is something that clubs in the NHL put a great deal of value in. As is tradition, most clubs name a leadership group of three players, with one being named team captain and the other two acting as alternate captains. Of course, there are exceptions, but in most cases teams stick to that time-honored formula.

The Buffalo Sabres and Edmonton Oilers broke the mold when the two clubs announced their leadership groups for 2013-14 season on Tuesday.

Buffalo announced that the team would have co-captains, with Steve Ott and Thomas Vanek alternating who wears the "C" based upon where the team plays (Ott will be the captain for road games, while Vanek will be the captain for home games). Christian Ehrhoff will be an alternate captain regardless of location. While this untraditional method is rare, it's not the first time Buffalo has implemented a co-captain system, as Chris Drury and Daniel Briere led the leadership group in a similar fashion during the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons.

Edmonton announced that Andrew Ference was named the team's captain over the weekend but officially identified his leadership group on Tuesday ... and it's extensive:

How the team decides who wears a letter has yet to be released. At the root of it, the letter is just a letter and all the players -- whether in Buffalo or Edmonton -- have been named a captain because they've displayed an ability to help the team. Regardless of whether their jersey has an "A," "C" or anything in between, these players will be expected to set an example for the rest of their club.

More from SB Nation NHL:

Phil Kessel, Maple Leafs agree to 8-year deal

Stanley Cup odds for 2013-14

Kovalchuk injured after running into teammate

Team USA will announce roster at Winter Classic

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.