Captaincy is part of sports activities, however it means extra in some sports activities than others. All in all, although, the captaincy means essentially the most to hockey. In the NHL, your staff solely has one captain, and they’re all the time the captain. They put on the “C” on their uniform and all the things. However, not each NHL staff has a captain. Currently, six groups are sans a captain. Arizona and Anaheim are younger, rebuilding groups. Seattle is in its second season. The Flyers and Jets have new head coaches who’re of the “tough guy” selection. Calgary…hasn’t named anyone to interchange Mark Giordano for some purpose. And now, the captain of each remaining NHL staff.
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When Bergeron determined in opposition to retiring, the Bruins averted having to call a brand new captain. Now, whereas the longer term Hall of Famer and Selke hoarder is an icon of the franchise, he’s solely been the captain because the 2020-21 season. Remember, Zdeno Chara held down the position in Boston for a very long time.
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Memorably, the Sabres dealt Jack Eichel to the Golden Knights. He wasn’t simply the staff’s finest participant but in addition their captain. Instead of naming a younger participant like Rasmus Dahlin, the brand new captain, the Sabres opted for the veteran Okposo, a man approaching 1,000 video games within the NHL.
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It isn’t a birthright of the Staal household to captain the Hurricanes, however it might really feel that means. Jordan’s brother Eric was the captain in Carolina from 2010 till 2016. Jordan really took over from him in 2017, however then for a few years the veteran Justin Williams was captain. When he retired, Jordan took the position again over in 2019.
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Will Toews ever go away Chicago? The Blackhawks are rebuilding, so icons of the Cup-winning squads in, Toews and Patrick Kane, are within the combine to be dealt. If that occurs, it is going to be a big change for the Blackhawks. Toews has been their captain because the 2008-09 season.
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Back within the day, a rebuilding Avalanche staff made Landeskog the youngest captain within the NHL. Since then, more-talented gamers like Nathan MacKinnon and Cale Makar have joined the staff. However, Landeskog (no slouch talent-wise, for the file) stays the captain, having had the position since 2012-13.
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For years, the Blue Jackets went the “steady veteran” route on the captain, with Nick Foligno within the position. He left to chase a Cup and was then changed by Jenner. Jenner has been a Blue Jacket his total profession, and in his first season as captain had 23 targets and 21 assists in 59 video games throughout the 2021-22 marketing campaign.
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In his prime, Benn gained the Art Ross trophy, so he’s definitely had some memorable campaigns. For a few years, he and Tyler Seguin had been the faces of this franchise. Now in his thirties and extra of a complementary piece reasonably than a star for the Stars, Benn stays the captain for the one franchise he has ever recognized.
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The lineage of the captaincy in Detroit is vaunted. Steve Yzerman, a Hall of Famer, was the captain for 20 years. Then, Nicklas Lidstrom, arguably the best defenseman of all time, was within the position. Even his successor, Henrik Zetterberg, was a wonderful participant if a step beneath the Hall of Fame. Now, Larkin is within the position and has been since 2020, however as a Michigan native who has been the clear high ahead for a couple of seasons, he’s a worthy captain in his personal proper. He may fill the position for a few years.
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McDavid has carried out the close to unattainable, which is to surpass the hype that surrounded him when he was drafted first general. He is the very best participant within the NHL. He already has two Harts and 4 Art Ross trophies. If he stays in Edmonton for his total profession, he may change Wayne Gretzky because the franchise’s best icon. Yes, actually.
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Barkov offers you all the things you possibly can need on the ice. Thirty targets and 80 factors? You wager. Defensive acumen? He’s gained a Selke. Disciplined play? He’s additionally gained a Lady Byng. The Finn additionally clearly has management abilities, having been the captain because the 2018-19 season.
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Slovenia’s best participant is principally Barkov, however a veteran with Cups to his title. Although, each of these Cups had been gained earlier than he started captain within the 2016-2017 season. However, Kopitar has spent years as a star in Los Angeles and has two Selkes to go together with his Lady Byng.
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Mikko Koivu was the one captain the Wild franchise had ever recognized. Seriously, when Koivu took on the position in 2009, he was the primary everlasting captain named by the staff (beforehand it had weirdly been rotated for years, usually month by month). Koivu’s final marketing campaign led to 2020, so Spurgeon took over the position for the 2020-21 season. The veteran defenseman had been with the staff for a decade, so it made sense.
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Historically talking, the Canadiens are the NHL’s most profitable franchise, however it can be a fraught fan base to cope with. If the top coach or GM isn’t French Canadian, there may be hell to pay. The captaincy isn’t handled with the identical degree of jingoistic fervor as Suzuki took over the position for the 2022-23 season from Shea Weber, who’s successfully medically retired. A promising younger ahead, Suzuki is a brilliant alternative for a younger, rebuilding staff.
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One of the NHL’s finest defenseman for years, Josi has a Norris win to his title and likewise a 96-point season whereby he one way or the other didn’t win the Norris. Josi successfully took over as Nashville’s captain from Weber as nicely, although there was one transitional season in there (2016-17) the place Mike Fisher was within the position.
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Hischier and Jack Hughes had been each drafted first general. They each play middle. They are each fairly good at hockey. However, Hischier was drafted first and arrived first, which can be why he acquired to be the captain, taking the position beginning with the 2020-21 season.
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John Tavares left the Islanders for the Maple Leafs. You could have heard about it. When that occurred, the veteran Lee took over the position. He acquired the gig in 2018-19, the season after he scored 40 targets. Maybe that performed a task within the choice.
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The Rangers had been with out a captain since 2018, when Ryan McDonagh had the position. In his first season as head coach, Gerard Gallant didn’t title a captain, however previous to his second marketing campaign, he put the veteran defenseman Trouba within the position. A considerably shocking alternative however not a nasty one.
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The Senators had been additionally sans captain for a couple of years after Erik Karlsson left. Tkachuk, son of Keith and brother of Matthew, took on the position previous to the 2021-22 season. Having began his profession with gusto, it looks like a sensible alternative. Keith, by the way in which, was the captain of the Coyotes again within the day.
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Crosby took the torch from Mario Lemieux and ran with it. The Penguins named a younger Crosby captain again previous to the 2007-08 season and haven’t seemed again since. Considered by many the very best participant of his era, he’s gained trophies, lifted a number of Cups, and carried out all of it. A real franchise-altering participant and one of many iconic captains in NHL historical past.
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Joe Thornton had the position, and he then handed it to Joe Pavelski, however in time each Joes can be gone. Couture was, frankly, the plain subsequent man in line. He’s been a high expertise because the 2010-11 season and has spent his total profession in San Jose. Couture has been the captain because the 2019-20 season, and all that’s left is for the franchise to retire his quantity sometime.
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In the 2018-19 season, his first in St. Louis, O’Reilly gained the Selke, after which he gained the Conn Smythe because the playoffs MVP. When Alex Pietrangelo left for Vegas, O’Reilly was then the clear alternative to interchange him as captain. It’s solely been a few seasons, however O’Reilly is holding it down for the Blues.
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Injuries have maybe stored Stamkos from being an all-timer, and but he’ll nonetheless find yourself with over 500 targets and 1,000 factors. He’s additionally been the Tampa captain because the 2013-14 marketing campaign. Stamkos was captain when the staff hoisted the Cup in 2020 and 2021 and was additionally there after they misplaced within the finals in 2022.
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Clearly, Tavares have to be nicely considered a pacesetter. He was the captain for the Islanders, after which when he moved to Toronto, he grew to become the captain there as nicely. That’s even with profession Leafs like Auston Matthews and Morgan Rielly round. If the Leafs ever carry the Cup with Tavares at middle, no one will query the choice.
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The Sedin twins had been the faces of the Canucks for years, and Henrik is the one which wore the “C” on his jersey (no phrase on how Daniel felt about merely getting the “A” on his). When the Sedins retired, naturally on the identical time, in 2018, a brand new period started. Horvat, having been round because the 2014-15 season on a younger staff, acquired the decision.
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Stone can say one thing no one else on this checklist can: He’s the one captain in Golden Knights historical past. Sure, that’s as a result of the franchise has solely been round a couple of seasons, however it stays true. When Vegas determined to call its first captain previous to the 2020-21 season, it went with Stone.
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Ovechkin isn’t the longest-serving captain on this checklist, surprisingly. While he’s been within the NHL so long as anyone, he and Crosby memorably debuted the identical season after the lockout. When Ovi joined the league, Washington was captain by…Chris Clark. Wisely, throughout the 2009-10 season, the Capitals determined to provide the face of the franchise the captaincy. Ovechkin led them to a Cup, and he could sometime grow to be the NHL’s chief in profession targets whereas sporting a Capitals uniform.