The 67's have decided two heads are better than one.
67's coach and GM Brian Kilrea announced yesterday that defencemen Elgin Reid and Derek Joslin will be the club's co-captains this season.
Speaking before the team left for last night's season opener against the Frontenacs in Kingston -- which Ottawa lost 10-5 -- Kilrea said it's the first time in history he's had two captains, but it's a move that made sense.
"I just thought it was the right thing to do," said Kilrea. "I have never done this before, but I look at the leadership these guys provide on and off the ice and I thought they both deserve it.
"Both these guys will do anything for their teammates. They step up in every situation. We have a lot of guys in that room, but I thought these were the right choices for this young team that we have because this is their last year of junior and I know they're going to perform well in this role."
Reid and Joslin will be supported by assistants Brodie Beard and Brett Liscomb. Joslin wasn't on hand because he was en route from San Jose where he attended the Sharks' camp, but was back in time to be in the lineup against the Fronts.
"This is a huge honour for me, especially with the history of the Ottawa 67's. I look at some of the names of guys who have been the captain of this team and to follow in those footsteps is really nice," said Reid.
"We have a lot of leaders in that room and I don't think this is going to change my role one bit. I don't need a letter, but it's nice to have it. I'm just going to be there with (Joslin) to provide that extra push when the guys need it. This is nice for me ... No question."
The 67's opened their 40th season in team history last night -- and 30th under Kilrea, who needs six wins for 1,100 in his career.
And Kilrea is still six wins shy after the Frontenacs crushed the 67's.
Kingston's Nathan Moon had a hat trick, while Cory Emmerton scored twice and added three assists.
Matt Lahey had a pair of goals for Ottawa, with Jesse Biduke, Beard and Pat Daley adding the others.
The club opted to start goalie Brady Morrison, who turned aside 64 shots, but will have Lukas Flueler in the net for next Friday's home opener against the Peterborough Petes, who are coached by former Kilrea assistant Vince Mallette, at the Civic Centre.
"Morrison has waited his turn and we felt like we owed it to him to give him the start," said Kilrea. "But I can tell you this, Lukas Flueler is the real deal."