The Carolina Hurricanes have announced today that Tim Gleason and Brandon Sutter have been tapped to serve as Alternate Captains for the 2010-11 NHL season. Eric Staal was named Captain in January taking over the reins from veteran Rod Brind`Amour, who assumed a role in player development this past June.
Gleason arrived in Carolina just prior to the start of the 2006-07 season, in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings having been originally drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the first round of 2001 . A native of Clawson, Michigan, the 27-year old was acknowledged in February by General Manager Jim Rutherford for his outstanding leadership as well as his strength and skill on the blueline. He was a last minute selection for Team USA's 2010 Olympic team in Vancouver in February, where he won a silver medal. The Hurricanes have not had a defenseman serve as a regular alternate captain since Glen Wesley wore the A in 2007-08 season.
Sutter was drafted by the Hurricanes in the first round of 2007. Making his NHL debut in October 2008, 2009- 10 was Sutter's breakout "sophomore season" as he was recalled from the AHL Albany River Rats on October 24th, and went on to score 21 goals in his 72 games, combined with just 2 penalty minutes. Sutter, who calls Red Deer, Alberta home, is the 21-year-old son of Calgary Flames coach Brent Sutter. Both Head Coach Paul Maurice and Rutherford have acknowledged Sutter's role as a defining member of the line up.