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Alex Pietrangelo will be the Blues team captain for the 2016-17 season, the team announced at a press conference on Thursday, August 25, 2-16 at Scottrade Center. Pietrangelo will take over the leadership role from David Backes. The free agent forward signed with the Boston Bruins this summer, opening up the captaincy for Pietrangelo. Petro is 26 years old and was the team's top draft pick in 2008. Pietrangelo becomes the Blues 21st captain in their now 50 year franchise history.