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Monday, 12.31.2007 / 4:12 PM / Blogs - Beyond the Boards
By Brian Wheeler  - Sabres.com
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BTB: SPACEK NAMED CAPTAIN
Beyond the Boards is written by the Buffalo Sabres Website Manager, Brian Wheeler. Joining the Sabres prior to the 2003-04 season, Wheeler is the main contact and content editor for Sabres.com. He has worked in the NHL, NFL, AHL and NLL over the past 11 years.  Click here to send him an email.

 
Jaroslav Spacek (photo: Getty Images)
 Dec 31, 2007, 4:12 PM EST

Lindy Ruff stayed true to his word.  

On the eve of one of the most hyped games of the entire NHL season, Ruff announced his new captain and handed the reins of the team over to defenseman Jaroslav Spacek.

Spacek becomes the fourth captain this season, following in the footsteps of his defensive partner Brian Campbell (Dec.), fellow blueliner Toni Lydman (Nov.) and forward Jochen Hecht (Oct.).

"It's very well deserved on his part," said Ruff. "He's played very well.  He's played very hard.  Out of any guy on the team, he's having the most fun playing and is probably playing as hard - maybe harder - than anybody else.

"We've got guys that are playing hard, but he's really committed to playing hard hockey, from a physical standpoint to an offensive standpoint.  He's playing a tough game and you wouldn't want to play against him right now."

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Jaroslav Spacek  
Lindy Ruff
Brian Campbell
Campbell couldn't agree more with Ruff's assessment.

"I've shared a lot of good moments with him this year and he's improved my game a ton.  I think we benefit by being paired together," said Campbell.  "He's a guy that's very well liked in the room and it's nice to see that for him."

An eight-year veteran of the National Hockey League, Spacek served as an alternate captain for Dec. but has never seen a "C" stitched on his sweater as a professional.  Because of that fact, the honor came as a little bit of a shock.

"It's just a letter, but sometime after you've finished your career, you can look back and say, 'Once, I had it on my jersey.'  It's a very nice feeling."

History of the Captaincy

1970's
Floyd Smith (1970-71)
Gerry Meehan (1971-74)
Jim Schoenfeld (1974-77)
Danny Gare (1977-82)

1980's
Gilbert Perreault (1982-87)
Lindy Ruff (1987-89)
Mike Foligno (1989-91)

1990's
Mike Ramsey (1991-92)
Pat LaFontaine (1992-97)
Alexander Mogilny * (11/01/93 - 4/29/94)
Micheal Peca
* - due to injury to LaFontaine

2000's
Stu Barnes (2001-03)
Miroslav Satan (October, 2003)
Chris Drury (November, 2003)
James Patrick (December, 2003)
JP Dumont (January, 2004)
Daniel Briere (February, 2004)
Chris Drury (March, 2004)
Daniel Briere (2005-2007)
Chris Drury (2005-2007)
Jochen Hecht (October, 2007)
Toni Lydman (November, 2007)
Brian Campbell (December, 2007)
Jaroslav Spacek (January, 2008)
 
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82