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ALBANY, NY – On Sunday, Rod Pelley became the sixth captain in team history and the first one since 2009 not named Stephen Gionta or Jay Leach.

Pelley, who was previously with the organization between 2006-11, rejoined the Devils this offseason after splitting the last year-and-a-half with Anaheim and Norfolk. His familiarity and experienced made it an easy decision for the team.

“On and off the ice, he’s exactly what I think this organization exemplifies,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “He’s a good person and a great man to start with. He comes with the same approach and the same attitude, same sense of professionalism every day. He’s been in the organization before, so he knows what we’re about.”

The 29-year-old joins the likes of Gionta (2007-08, 2009-12) and Leach (2008-09, 2012-13) as well as Alex Brooks and Dan McGillis (2006-07) and Pascal Rheaume (2008-09).

Pelley is taking the approach that it takes more than one player to steer the ship.

“I’m obviously very honored,” Pelley said. “There are a good group of guys in there. We have some young guys; we have a mix. We have some good veteran guys who have been here before. It’s not just going to be me. It’s going to be everyone in the room. Just because I have the C on doesn’t mean anyone is not a leader. It will be a group effort, but I am very honored.”

Chris McKelvie, Tim Sestito and Mike Sislo are serving as the assistant captains. Sestito will wear the A full time, while McKelvie and Sislo will share the responsibility.

“Some of those guys are in their third, fourth years,” Kowalsky said. “They are now guys we are going to look to and put that responsibility on. That was a decision in Sislo and McKelvie. Both are great pro as far as on and off the ice.”

The Devils are preparing for their home opener, which is Saturday against Utica at 5:05 pm. The team returns to practice Thursday morning at Times Union Center.

Interviews

Roster

Goaltenders (2)
Keith Kinkaid, Scott Wedgewood

Defensemen (7)
Brandon Burlon, Eric Gelinas, Seth Helgeson, Dan Kelly, Corbin McPherson, Jon Merrill, Reece Scarlett

Forwards (14)
Reid Boucher, Mike Hoeffel, Cam Janssen, Stefan Matteau, Chris McKelvie, Rod Pelley, Harri Pesonen, Tim Sestito, Mike Sislo, Scott Timmins, Joe Whitney, David Wohlberg, Darcy Zajac, Kelly Zajac

Pictures

Sestito and Wedgewood

Tim Sestito waits for a loose puck in front of Scott Wedgewood

Team works the corner

Team battles for the puck in the corner

Team Sprints

Team skates sprints at the end of Wednesday’s practice

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