Back in May, New York Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba generated headlines and controversy for a high hit he delivered to Pittsburgh Penguins celebrity captain Sidney Crosby that modified the primary spherical playoff collection the Rangers in the end gained in seven video games.
Trouba wasn’t penalized or otherwise punished for that blow and was within the information on Tuesday for a a lot completely different purpose.
Per the NHL’s official web site, the Rangers formally named Trouba their captain on Tuesday. The 28-year-old considerably sarcastically turns into the twenty eighth participant to be named captain in franchise historical past. As famous by The Athletic, Trouba was one in all six alternate captains on the Rangers final season and is now the membership’s first captain since defenseman Ryan McDonagh held the glory from 2014 to 2018 earlier than he was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning in February 2018.
“It’s a huge honor and something that means something, especially here in this organization with the history and the past players that have been captain before me,” Trouba remarked for the media release. “As a kid, I grew up watching [Brian] Leetch and Messier, [Chris] Drury and [Jaromir] Jagr. … You come here and you learn more about the history of the guys that were before them. You see pictures, you see jerseys around this place.
“It’s now my flip to hold that legacy on for these guys.”
Trouba, who initially joined the Rangers through a commerce from the Winnipeg Jets in June 2019, finished the 2021-22 common season with NHL profession highs of 11 targets and a plus-25 score. He additionally contributed 28 assists over 81 video games after which added one objective and 4 assists throughout 20 playoff contests.