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GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:31 PM ET

Making a hard decision isn't always a bad thing.

Edmonton Rush head coach Derek Keenan unveiled his team captains yesterday at the Leduc Recreation Centre, with Chris McElroy sporting the 'C', while Jimmy Quinlan and Brodie Merrill were given assistant captain badges.

They were the top trio on a long list of veterans on the Rush roster with leadership experience.

"We have a lot of leaders on this team, but Chris McElroy as team captain was an easy one because he's a warrior," Keenan said. "And Jimmy, I feel the same way about him.

"He's one of those guys when you coach against him, you hate him. That's a good thing. He'll do whatever it takes to win."

While McElroy and Quinlan have both been with the Rush since Day 1, Merrill is a new face on the team. But his is one of the most recognizable faces in the National Lacrosse League.

"Brodie, of course, he's a natural leader," said Keenan, who coached Merrill with the Portland LumberJax prior to that organization's dissolution.

"I've always been one to have a leadership group, even beyond the captain and assistants," Keenan said. "It used to be about five guys, but I probably had about eight guys on this team that will be part of that leadership group."

It will no doubt include former captains of other teams such as Pat Jones, Keenan's captain in Portland, Gavin Prout with the Colorado Mammoth, and Ryan Ward with the Minnesota Swarm.

There is enough experience on the roster to make for a difficult decision on captaincy, but that kind of problem is a good one for Keenan to have.

"I feel really comfortable bouncing stuff off these guys because they are good leaders," Keenan said. "They've had success, they're smart players."

With only nine returning players and 14 new faces on the Rush roster this year, Keenan said he wasn't concerned with keeping any sort of continuity in his captains this year.

"That wasn't really part of the consideration," he said. "Yeah, they're here and Mac was the captain, but I could have just as easily changed captains, too."

SCRIMMAGE SCRATCHED: The league squashed a scrimmage planned for yesterday between the Rush and the Minnesota Swarm due to league play already getting underway in the East Division.

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