Pronger named captain

Chris Pronger has been tabbed the 18th captain in franchise history.

The Flyers made the decision official on Friday night, ending almost three months of speculation as to who will wear the “C” following the trade of Mike Richards to the Los Angeles Kings.

It will be the third time that the native of Dryden, Ontario will be officially required to handle team business, after previous captaincies with St. Louis (1997-2003) and Anaheim (2007-08).

He’s the fifth defenseman in Philadelphia history to earn the letter, after Ed Van Impe (1968-73), Eric Desjardins (2000-01), Derian Hatcher (2005-06) and Jason Smith (2007-08).

The towering veteran presence shouldn’t have much trouble treading the line between the locker room, the media and the rink, as Pronger has served as de facto leader and has been, by far, the most vocal player since his arrival in 2009.

There have been 17 players who have held the captaincy in the club’s 45 years of existence, with Bobby Clarke the only man to serve on two separate occasions (1973-79; 1982-84).