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It's Official: Zach Parise Named Captain of The New Jersey Devils

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Per Tom Gulitti,  Zach Parise has been named the captain of the New Jersey Devils. Parise is the 9th captain in team history, following Don Lever, Mel Bridgman, Kirk Muller, Bruce Driver, Scott Stevens, Scott Niedermayer, current Devil Patrik Elias and Jamie Langenbrunner.   The captain's role was left open after the trade of Jamie Langenbrunner to Dallas last year.  Both Langenbrunner and Elias, among others, had lobbied for Parise to be the next Devils captain, despite the uncertainty regarding his future with the team.  Parise is a unrestricted free agent at year's end.

Gulitti also reports that Ilya Kovalchuk and Patrik Elias will be alternate captains.

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