The Red Wings announced on Wednesday that defensemen Danny DeKeyser and Marc Staal will serve as the team’s alternate captains for the coming season.
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— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) October 13, 2021
They join returning captain Dylan Larkin, who will wear the C for Detroit for his second season.
The pair take over for Frans Nielsen and Luke Glendening. Nielsen was bought out by the team over the summer and Glendening departed as a free agent for the Dallas Stars.
As I wrote on Sunday, DeKeyser and Staal wore the A for all three of their preseason games and were two of four players that appeared to be in the running to get the alternate captain designations for the 2021-22 campaign. The other two players were Sam Gagner and Robby Fabbri.
It will mark the first time in over forty years that two defensemen have been assigned letters for the Red Wings.