The successor has been selected.

The successor is ... a secret.

The Calgary Flames have identified their captain for the upcoming campaign but head coach Bob Hartley isn’t ready to reveal a name just yet.

“We had a certain timing that we want to reach and obviously I can’t share this with you because that morning you’ll all be at the door at my house. I’ll keep it a surprise” Hartley told reporters after Thursday’s workouts at WinSport’s Markin MacPhail Centre.

“I want to make it clear we’re not thinking about someone. Our choice (was) made up a long time ago. We sat last year and we went through the individual meetings.

“We talked with the players. I sat down and talked with (GM) Jay (Feaster). I talked with management. I even talked with ownership and our choice was clear-cut.