Avalanche name Beauchemin, Duchene and MacKinnon alternate captains

The Avalanche begin their season against the Dallas Stars on Saturday. The game starts at 7 p.m. at the Pepsi Center.

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Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon sounds like he's adjusting well to new head coach Jared Bednar. (Flickr)

Nathan MacKinnon will serve as one of the Avalanche's alternate captains this season. (Flickr)

Colorado Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar announced that captain Gabriel Landeskog would keep the “C” on his sweater in late September. Roughly two weeks later, Bednar announced which players would work with Landeskog in the alternate captain roles.

On Thursday, Bednar said veteran defenseman Francois Beauchemin and forwards Matt Duchene and Nathan MacKinnon will be the Avalanche’s alternate captains for the  2016-17 season.

Beauchemin, 36, is a 12-year NHL veteran.

Duchene, 25, and MacKinnon, 21, are not quite as seasoned. They will share alternate captain duties, according to Bednar.

“Duchene will wear it at home to start for this month and MacKinnon on the road,” he explained. “And then next month, we’ll just flip it, and then so on through the course of the season.”

The Avalanche begin their season against the Dallas Stars on Saturday. The game starts at 7 p.m. at the Pepsi Center.

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