List of current NHL captains and alternate captains

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Shane Doan, captain of the Phoenix/Arizona Coyotes since 2003. The captain can be identified by the large "C" on their jersey.

The National Hockey League (NHL) is a professional ice hockey league composed of 30 teams, founded in 1917. Each team may select a captain, who has the "privilege of discussing with the referee any questions relating to interpretation of rules which may arise during the progress of a game".[1] Each team is also permitted to select alternate captains, who serve when the captain is not on the ice.[1] Captains are required to wear the letter "C" on their uniform for identification; alternate captains wear the letter "A". Both letters are 3 inches (7.6 cm) in height.[1]

Some teams in the NHL have no captain, either by choice or due to injury. Rule 6.2 of the 2008–09 Official NHL Rulebook indicates that "[only] when the Captain is not in uniform, the Coach shall have the right to designate three Alternate Captains. This must be done prior to the start of the game."[1][2] Many NHL teams with a named captain select more than two alternate captains and rotate the "A" among these players throughout the season.[3]

Goaltenders are not permitted to act as captains during games.[1] This rule was instituted in 1948 after teams complained that it took Montreal Canadiens goaltender Bill Durnan too long to skate to talk with the officials and back to his crease.[4] However, Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo served as captain for two seasons 2008-09 and 2009-10, but because of the NHL rule against goaltender captains, the league did not allow Luongo to serve as captain on-ice.[5] As a result, the Canucks were allowed to dress three alternate captains in games, as opposed to the league standard of two. Two (of the three) alternate captains handled on-ice duties in Luongo's place.[5] Luongo was not allowed to wear the "C" on his jersey, but it was incorporated into the artwork on the front of his mask.[4] Other than Durnan and Luongo, five other goaltenders have captained their team: John Ross Roach of the Toronto St. Patricks, George Hainsworth of the Montreal Canadiens, Roy Worters of the New York Americans, Alex Connell of the Ottawa Senators, and Charlie Gardiner of the Chicago Black Hawks.[6]

When Gabriel Landeskog was named captain of the Colorado Avalanche, he became the youngest permanent captain in NHL history.[7] Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Vincent Lecavalier, former captain of the Tampa Bay Lightning, are the second and third-youngest players to be named captain in NHL history. In 1984, Brian Bellows was named interim captain of the Minnesota North Stars when Craig Hartsburg was injured, and is the youngest player to captain a team in NHL history. However, because Bellows served only as an interim captain, Gabriel Landeskog retains the distinction of being the youngest permanent captain in NHL history.[8] Mark Messier holds the distinction as the only player to captain two separate teams to Stanley Cup championships. He captained both the 1990 Edmonton Oilers and the 1994 New York Rangers.[9]


Patrik Elias, an alternate captain of the New Jersey Devils
Kyle Okposo, an alternate captain of the New York Islanders
Zdeno Chara, captain of the Boston Bruins.

The following list shows the captains and alternate captains appointed for the 2014–15 NHL season.

Team Captain Captain Since Alternate Captains Reference(s)
Anaheim Ducks Ryan Getzlaf 2010 Francois Beauchemin [10][11]
Corey Perry
Arizona Coyotes Shane Doan 2003 Martin Hanzal [12][13]
Keith Yandle
Boston Bruins Zdeno Chara 2006 Patrice Bergeron [14][15]
Chris Kelly
David Krejci
Buffalo Sabres Brian Gionta 2014 Josh Gorges [16][17]
Matt Moulson
Calgary Flames Mark Giordano 2013 Curtis Glencross [18][19][20]
Kris Russell
Carolina Hurricanes Eric Staal 2010 Jordan Staal [21][22][23]
Chicago Blackhawks Jonathan Toews 2008 Duncan Keith [24][25]
Patrick Sharp
Colorado Avalanche Gabriel Landeskog 2012 Jarome Iginla [26][27]
Cody McLeod
Columbus Blue Jackets Vacant N/A Jared Boll [28]
Brandon Dubinsky
Jack Johnson
Mark Letestua
Dallas Stars Jamie Benn 2013 Trevor Daley [29][30]
Vernon Fiddler
Detroit Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg 2013 Pavel Datsyuk [31][32]
Niklas Kronwall
Edmonton Oilers Andrew Ference 2013 Jordan Eberle [33][34][35]
Taylor Hall
Florida Panthers Willie Mitchell 2014 Dave Bolland [36][37]
Brian Campbell
Derek MacKenzie
Scottie Upshall
Los Angeles Kings Dustin Brown 2008 Matt Greene [38][39]
Anze Kopitar
Minnesota Wild Mikko Koivu 2009 Zach Parise [40][41]
Ryan Suter
Montreal Canadiens Vacant N/A Andrei Markov [42]
Max Pacioretty
Tomas Plekanec
P. K. Subban
Nashville Predators Shea Weber 2010 Mike Fisher [43][44]
James Neal
New Jersey Devils Bryce Salvadora 2013 Patrik Elias [45][46]
Andy Greene
Travis Zajac
New York Islanders John Tavares 2013 Frans Nielsen [47][48]
Kyle Okposo
New York Rangers Ryan McDonagh 2014 Daniel Girardi [49][50]
Martin St. Louis
Marc Staal
Derek Stepan
Ottawa Senators Erik Karlsson 2014 Chris Neila [51][52]
Chris Phillips
Philadelphia Flyers Claude Giroux 2013 Wayne Simmonds [53][54]
Mark Streit
Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby 2007 Chris Kunitz [55][56]
Evgeni Malkin
St. Louis Blues David Backes 2011 Barret Jackman [57][58]
T. J. Oshie
Alex Pietrangelo
Alexander Steen
San Jose Sharks Vacant N/A Patrick Marleau [59]
Joe Pavelski
Joe Thornton
Marc-Edouard Vlasic
Tampa Bay Lightning Steven Stamkos 2014 Rotating [60][61][62]
Toronto Maple Leafs Dion Phaneuf 2010 Joffrey Lupula [63][64]
Stephane Robidas
Vancouver Canucks Henrik Sedin 2010 Kevin Bieksa [65][66]
Daniel Sedin
Washington Capitals Alexander Ovechkin 2010 Nicklas Backstrom [67][68]
Brooks Orpik
Winnipeg Jets Andrew Ladd 2010 Mark Stuart [69][70][71]
Blake Wheeler

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