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Staal named Hurricanes co-captain

Jordan Staal follows in the footsteps of his older brother Eric, who wore the C in Carolina for more than six years.
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Jordan Staal (left) and Justin Faulk will share the captaincy of the Carolina Hurricanes (Photo illustration by the Carolina Hurricanes).

RALEIGH, N.C. – Veteran forward Jordan Staal will take on a new leadership role with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2017-18.

The Thunder Bay-born NHLer on Thursday was named co-captain of the Hurricanes, alongside Justin Faulk.

Staal, 29, is expected to don the ‘C’ primarily during home games, while Faulk will wear it on the road.

In 764 career games Staal has registered 187 goals and 249 assists with Pittsburgh and Carolina.

“I’ll still be doing the things I’ve been doing except now I’ll be wearing a C,” Staal told the Raleigh News and Observer.

Staal follows in the footsteps of older brother Eric, who served as Carolina’s captain for several seasons before being dealt away at the 2016 trade deadline.

Other Hurricanes captains include Kevin Dineen, Keith Primeau, Ron Francis and Rod Brind’Amour.