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Corey Perry, Francois Beauchemin named Ducks' alternate captains

Corey Perry, Francois Beauchemin named Ducks' alternate captains
Corey Perry gets congratulations from his Ducks teammates after scoring against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday. (Christine Cotter / Associated Press)

The Ducks named returning goals leader Corey Perry and veteran defenseman Francois Beauchemin their alternate captains Wednesday.

Perry and Beauchemin replace the retired Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu, while first-line center Ryan Getzlaf will return as captain.

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"It's a guy people look up to, who put the team before themselves," Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said of his criteria for selecting the alternate captains. "They're hard workers. And if you're not having success, they're guys looking to help those guys have success, True character is revealed when things aren't going well. And the guys we have in mind fit the bill and we're very happy with."

Perry, who plays on the first line with Getzlaf, scored 43 goals last season.

"It doesn't mean I have to be more vocal, there's other ways I can lead," the 10-year veteran said this week. "It's an honor, to be recognized like that. But I'm always going to be the same player and person."

Beauchemin, paired with Hampus Lindholm on the Ducks' second defensive pair, was plus-26 in goal differential while on the ice last season, contributing four goals and 13 assists.

The Ducks begin the regular season Thursday at 4 p.m. Pacific at Pittsburgh.

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