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Toronto Marlies name a captain and official alternates

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It’s important to try bold ideas out in the minors first. Maybe someday the Leafs will follow suit.

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And your captain is: Ben Smith!

Smith is an obvious choice for captain. He’s an experienced veteran who is also doing a lot of goal scoring (15 goals so far), he’s good with the media, has a great attitude and is pretty much the embodiment of Mike Babcock’s idea of a good pro.

The only player who comes close to that on the team is Colin Greening, and there he is as an alternate. He’s the guy most players will tell you will end up a coach one day when they do their 20 questions bits.

The man they all say lightens up the team while working hardest in the gym rounds out the group. Rich Clune is a consummate pro who plays less than he’d like, but is always in every game he dresses for 100%.

This is a good group which frees up the young prospects to focus on playing the game. Going without a captain for some psychological reason, or as a message to the players, always comes off as a bit silly, particularly in the AHL.

The Marlies have a man in charge now. Over to you Leafs, maybe it’s time you named someone.

Poll

Who would you name today as captain of the Maple Leafs?

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  • 17%
    Patrick Marleau
    (280 votes)
  • 25%
    Morgan Rielly
    (420 votes)
  • 49%
    Auston Matthews
    (800 votes)
  • 5%
    Nazem Kadri
    (82 votes)
  • 2%
    Someone else
    (41 votes)
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