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Keith Yandle Named Alternate Captain for 2010-2011 Season

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Announced after practice earlier today (It's still today in Prague right?) Keith Yandle will wear an A for the Phoenix Coyotes this season. The announcement is both surprising becaause he's still such a young player, but also fitting as he's always friendly with other players and fans and always seems to have inside jokes or rituals with other players. After Coyotes wins there's always the jumping chest bump with Ed Jovanovski as well as what looks to be an almost "Three Amigos" style high five with goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov

Yandle is going to be  a cornerpiece of this franchise defensively for years to come. If not for the fact that he hadn't been in US Olympic camp to get drug tested , he likely would have made last year's team after showing the player he's developed into early in the season. While watching him grow on the fly in the NHL instead of in the AHL was painful at times, he's become much more responsible defensively while picking up the offense as well. He's jumps into plays quickly and intentionally, throwing opposing defenses off.

Year Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM Hits BkS PPG PPA SHG SHA GW SOG Pct  
 2007-08 PHO 43 5 7 12 -12 14 N/A N/A 4 4 0 0 0 72 .069  
 2008-09 PHO 69 4 26 30 -4 37 N/A N/A 1 12 0 0 0 118 .034  
 2009-10 PHO 82 12 29 41 16 45 36 82 5 11 0 0 2 145 .083  
 Career Totals (Full) 201 21 64 85 0 104 36 82 10 29 0 0 2 345 .061