2019-20 Flyers season brings a new alternate captain as Kevin Hayes joins Sean Couturier, Jakub Voracek


Claude Giroux is still the captain.

Let's just get that out there now. Please don't start with the "strip him of the C!" ridiculousness.

Giroux, the longest-tenured athlete in Philadelphia going back to 2008, has been the Flyers' captain since January 2013. He's the face of the franchise and leads by example. Teammates, from the vets to the kids, truly look up to his actions.

Now time for the newsier items: Sean Couturier, Jakub Voracek and Kevin Hayes will be the Flyers' alternate captains.

The 26-year-old Couturier wore the "A" for home games last season. He was drafted by the club in 2011 and is entering his ninth season with the Flyers, which is hard to believe. He has transformed into the team's do-it-all player.

Voracek became an alternate captain last season after the Wayne Simmonds trade in February. He has played for the Flyers since 2011, is as honest as they get and has always been seen as one of the clear leaders alongside Giroux.

The new addition is Hayes, who was acquired this summer and signed to a seven-year, $50 million contract. The 27-year-old is ready for the next step in his career and will be helpful to his teammates as they get used to head coach Alain Vigneault's system.

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