Thornton becomes new captain of Sharks

San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan has named Joe Thornton the

team’s captain for this season.

McLellan made the announcement in Stockholm on Thursday. The

Sharks open the season Friday in Sweden against Columbus.

Thornton was an alternate captain last season to Rob Blake. When

Blake retired after the season, McLellan needed to find a

replacement. Thornton had previously been a captain in Boston.

Defenseman Dan Boyle will once again be an alternate this

season. Forwards Ryane Clowe and Patrick Marleau will split time as

the other alternate, with Marleau getting the role at home and

Clowe on the road.