Langenbrunner named Olympic captainJamie Langenbrunner of the New Jersey Devils will be named captain of Team USA for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Vancouver, according to the New Jersey-based Bergen Record.
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Jamie Langenbrunner of the New Jersey Devils will be named captain of Team USA for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Vancouver, according to the New Jersey-based Bergen Record. The official announcement will be made Monday afternoon.
Langenbrunner, 34, is a 15-year NHL veteran who has served as Devils captain for the past three seasons. He is a two-time Stanley Cup winner, for Dallas in 1999 and New Jersey in 2003. Internationally, he first competed for the U.S. in the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano.
"To be on the team is an honor, but if it were to happen (being named captain) it would definitely add to that," said Langenbrunner, who would neither confirm nor deny the report. "I don't think it's anything I ever dreamed of as a kid or anything like that but it's definitely something, if bestowed on me, I would take very seriously and be very honored to do."
Zach Parise of the Devils and Chris Drury of the New York Rangers will be named alternate captains, according to the Record. Parise has never played in an Olympics but was a member of the 2004 U.S. team that won gold at the World Junior Championships. Drury is one of only three members of Team USA with past Olympic experience, along with Langenbrunner and Brian Rafalski of the Detroit Red Wings.
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