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Mark Giordano perfect fit to be Calgary Flames' captain

Calgary Flames defenceman Mark Giordano shows off the 'C' on his jersey after being named the...

Calgary Flames defenceman Mark Giordano shows off the 'C' on his jersey after being named the team's captain Friday. (JIM WELLS/QMI Agency)

ERIC FRANCIS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:23 PM ET

CALGARY - Mark Giordano wasn’t just the best choice to be named the 19th captain of the Calgary Flames.

He was the only choice.

Nobody in that dressing room epitomizes everything head coach Bob Hartley and upper management wants this team to be like than the man they call ‘Gio.’

Blessed with a work ethic unmatched in Flames silks, Giordano plays as hard in practice as he will in a 6-1 loss or a 3-0 win.

He never gives up.

He never quit when his OHL career ended without being drafted or despite the rigours of his first two seasons in the American Hockey League.

Kick-starting a massive rebuild that has most believing the recently-gutted Flames will be the worst team in the NHL, it’s clear there’s only one way this rag-tag bunch of characters can surprise anyone — with hard work.

There’s nobody better, then, to set the template for the endless stream of incoming youngsters than 29-year-old defenceman Giordano.


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