Red Wings name Justin Abdelkader as new alternate captain

Posted at 12:54 PM, Oct 04, 2016

The Detroit Red Wings have named Justin Abdelkader as the team's new alternate captain.

Abdelkader, who is entering his eighth season with Detroit, played in all 82 games last year and racked up 19 goals and 42 points.

The 29-year-old, who is a native of Muskegon, signed a new, seven-year contract extension last fall after compiling a career-high 23 goals in the 2014-2015 season.

Abdelkader replaces longtime Red Wing Pavel Datsyuk, who left in the offseason to play hockey in his home country of Russia.