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9/13/2006 4:25:57 PM

WASHINGTON (CP) - Chris Clark is the new captain of the Washington Capitals.

The 30-year-old winger becomes the 13th captain in franchise history after Jeff Halpern left via free agency this summer.

''The true leader in our dressing room has always been our goalie Olaf Kolzig but it's a technicality (league rules) that he can't be the captain,'' Clark told The Canadian Press on Wednesday. ''So I really had not thought too much about it until Monday when (coach) Glen Hanlon called me in for a meeting and told me about it. It's a huge honour.''

The Caps had been considering franchise player Alexander Ovechkin but the Calder Trophy winner politely declined, saying he wants to improve his English before taking on such a huge responsibility.

TSN : NHL - Canada's Sports Leader
 
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