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Amerks name Kevin Porter captain

While the Sabres have gone with a rotating alternate captain system for their leadership structure this season, the Rochester Americans have used the traditional route.

The Amerks named Kevin Porter captain while Nathan Paetsch and Taylor Fedun will be alternate captains.

"They’re an extension of us," Rochester coach Chris Taylor said. "All players are, but most important is our captain and our assistant captains. They lead the way in the dressing room, and they put a lot of internal pressure on the players to make them better. Just how they act and what they do around the dressing room will definitely lead by example. That’s why we picked those three."

The 31-year-old Porter is making his third stint as the Amerks captain, who also wore the "C" in Rochester for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons. Since then, Porter has won a Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins and spent time with their AHL club, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Last season Paetsch, 34, won the Calder Cup with the Grand Rapids Griffins, where he was captain while the 29-year-old Fedun was an alternate captain for Rochester last season.

The Amerks open the season at 7:05 p.m. Friday in Blue Cross Arena. They host the Syracuse Crunch, who feature former Canisius College standouts Cory Conacher and Shane Conacher.

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