Monday, January 11, 2010
No Letter for Drury (Updated)
Update, 4:55 p.m.:
Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants has this quote from Team USA GM Brian Burke on why Drury didn't get a letter...
“Leaders lead,” Burke said. “Leaders don’t need letters to lead. Ron Wilson and I were co-captains together in college and it didn’t change one thing on how we acted when they put a C on us. So, to me leaders lead. If you need a letter to lead, then you’re not a leader anyhow. We know what Chris Drury can bring. He doesn’t need a letter. We’ve got a number of guys who are wearing letters in the NHL that aren’t going to wear a letter on this team. I wasn’t defensive at all about picking Chris Drury. In fact, every single guy — this will be illuminating for the people in the media that are skeptical about Chris Drury — every single guy on the selection committee had him on the team. So, I wasn’t defensive at all."
Mike G. Morreale at NHL.com reports that New Jersey Devils forward Jamie Langenbrunner has been named captain for the U.S. Olympic Team headed to Vancouver next month.
Langenbrunner will be assisted by alternate captains Zach Parise, Dustin Brown, Ryan Suter and Brian Rafalski. Meaning Chris Drury will not be wearing a letter during the Olympics.
...a bit surprising as you figured Drury was brought on for his leadership. God knows it's not for his scoring.
...while I'm sure he's disappointed, you have to assume Drury's going to have a leadership role on the team regardless.
Steve Zipay at Blue Notes has Team USA roster with jersey numbers.