BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Buffalo Sabres announced Tuesday that Thomas Vanek and Steve Ott would serve as co-captains, with Christian Ehrhoff the lone assistant captain.

Vanek will wear the "C" during games at the First Niagara Center, while Ott will serve as captain for road games. Ehrhoff's jersey will bear the "A" for all games.

Vanek said during his introduction that any number of players deserve the captaincy and that he is honored by the privilege. But he added, the bottom line is winning "this letter doesn't mean much if we don't do anything as a group."

Ott says that his biggest example and contribution to the team is his hard working style. He says the honor of being named captain will not change the way he approaches the game or plays it. "This isn't going to change who I am. What's got me into the NHL is my work ethic and that's what is going to keep me here, with or without a letter."

Ehrhoff, who is typicallysoft-spoken off the ice says that he is willing to say what needs to be said, in the locker room and on the ice. "I am one of the more vocal guys on the bench during a game. Obviously with a lot of younger guys coming in, we need more from the older guys so it's not too quiet. We're upto the challenge."

The Sabres traveled to Detroit Tuesday in advance of Wednesday's season opener at Joe Louis Arena Wednesday night. That means as the Sabres make their 2013-2014 debut, Steve Ott will make his debut with the "C" on his sweater.