Krejci named new alternate captain for Bruins

Krejci named new alternate captain for Bruins
October 1, 2013, 6:45 pm
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WATERBURY, VT – After mulling over a large group of very viable, deserving candidates for a leadership position, the Boston Bruins opted to choose center David Krejci as the alternate captain wearing an “A” on his sweater. The playmaking pivot replaces longtime defenseman Andrew Ference, who vacated the “A” from his Black and Gold jersey when he signed with the Edmonton Oilers as a free agent this summer.

Milan Lucic, Shawn Thornton, Gregory Campbell, Dennis Seidenberg, Johnny Boychuk, Adam McQuaid and Daniel Paille, along with Krejci, had all taken turns wearing the “A” in preseason games last month. But in the end, Krejci was the choice given his seven years of productive service with the Black and Gold and his ability to elevate his game when it matters most.

Krejci is now a formal part of the Bruins leadership group that consists of team captain Zdeno Chara, with Patrice Bergeron serving as alternate captain for all games. For the past two years, Ference had split alternate captain duties with Chris Kelly during home and road games. Now the 27-year-old Krejci will split those alternate captain duties with Kelly as part of the young, playoff-experienced group of Bruins players that have been to two Stanley Cup Finals in the last three years.

“We all decided on David,” said Claude Julien. “It was a unanimous decision. He’s a player that’s matured greatly during his time playing for the Bruins, and he’s one of that accomplished group of young players ready to take on more responsibility.”

Krejci has averaged 62 points a season over his last four full years, but truly becomes a Black and Gold beast during the postseason. He led the NHL in playoff scoring during the 2011 Stanley Cup run with 11 goals and 23 points in 25 games. He once again stepped up to lead the NHL in postseason assists (17) last year while leading the Bruins with 26 points in 22 games.

What really may have won over everyone in the B’s organization beyond the clutch on-ice performance, though, is the things Krejci says when it matters most. It was the soft-spoken Czech Republic center that seemed to be speaking for the entire organization in the first few days of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Krejci made clear that the Bruins weren’t a team with any superstars up against players like Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, and he did it in a matter-of-fact way that perfectly embodied the Spoked ‘B’ attitude.

“We don’t have the superstars on this team. We don’t have the best player in the world. But we might have the best team in the world,” said Krejci at the beginning of last year’s playoff series against the heavily favored Penguins. “We play as a team. [Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin] are the best players in the world at this moment. There’s no one like those guys. On the other hand, we don’t have guys like that. We have a team. We all play as a team.”

Those were the words of a team leader, and then Krejci and the rest of his teammates backed them up with their play on the ice.