Avs name Iginla alternate captain

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Jarome Iginla is back in an official leadership role — on Wednesday, Colorado announced that Iginla would serve as an alternate captain this season, along with fellow veteran Cody McLeod.

Both will serve alongside Avs captain Gabriel Landeskog, who’s worn the “C” since 2012.

Iginla, 37, spent nine of his 16 seasons in Calgary as team captain and, prior to that, spent three years as an alternate under Dave Lowry, Bob Boughner and Craig Conroy.

His appointment in Colorado follows with a recent trend of teams appointing free agent signees to their leadership group. In Buffalo, prized UFAs Brian Gionta and Josh Gorges were named captain and alternate; Andrew Ference got the “C” in Edmonton a short while after coming over from Boston; Zach Parise and Ryan Suter were named alternates in Minnesota prior to playing their first games for the Wild.