List of current NHL captains and alternate captains

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Shane Doan has been Captain of the Phoenix/Arizona Coyotes since 2003. The captain can be identified by the large "C" on his 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 while alternate captains wear the letter "A"; both letters are 3 inches (7.6 cm) in height.[1]

Some NHL teams 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 serve 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] Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo served as captain for two seasons (2008–09 and 2009–10), but because of the League's rule, he was not allowed to serve as captain on-ice or wear the "C" on his jersey, though it was incorporated into the artwork on his mask.[4][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] 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 original 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, the former captain of the Tampa Bay Lightning, are the second- and third-youngest players to be named captain in NHL history, respectively. 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, Landeskog retains the distinction of being the youngest permanent captain in the League's history.[8] Mark Messier is the only player to captain two separate teams to Stanley Cup championships, those being the 1990 Edmonton Oilers and the 1994 New York Rangers.[9]

Key[edit]

 dagger  Spent entire NHL career with team

Position abbreviations
Abbreviation Definition
D Defenseman
LW Left wing
C Center
RW Right wing
F Forward

Captains[edit]

Zdeno Chara, captain of the Boston Bruins

Twenty-eight of the 30 NHL teams currently have a captain, all save for the Montreal Canadiens and San Jose Sharks. The current longest-tenured captain in the League is Shane Doan of the Arizona Coyotes, who has served in the role since 2003. Four captains were appointed just prior to the current 2014–15 season: Brian Gionta of the Buffalo Sabres, Willie Mitchell of the Florida Panthers, Ryan McDonagh of the New York Rangers and Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators.

List of current NHL Captains
Team Captain Since Pos
Anaheim Ducks Getzlaf, RyanRyan GetzlafSpent entire NHL career with team 2010–11[10] C
Arizona Coyotes Doan, ShaneShane DoanSpent entire NHL career with team 2003–04 RW
Boston Bruins Chara, ZdenoZdeno Chara 2006–07[11] D
Buffalo Sabres Gionta, BrianBrian Gionta 2014–15[12] RW
Calgary Flames Giordano, MarkMark GiordanoSpent entire NHL career with team[a] 2013–14[13] D
Carolina Hurricanes Staal, EricEric StaalSpent entire NHL career with team 2009–10[14] C
Chicago Blackhawks Toews, JonathanJonathan ToewsSpent entire NHL career with team 2008–09[15] C
Colorado Avalanche Landeskog, GabrielGabriel LandeskogSpent entire NHL career with team 2012–13[16] LW
Columbus Blue Jackets Foligno, NickNick Foligno 2015–16[17] LW
Dallas Stars Benn, JamieJamie BennSpent entire NHL career with team 2013–14[18] LW
Detroit Red Wings Zetterberg, HenrikHenrik ZetterbergSpent entire NHL career with team 2012–13[19] LW
Edmonton Oilers Ference, AndrewAndrew Ference 2013–14[20] D
Florida Panthers Mitchell, WillieWillie Mitchell 2014–15[21] D
Los Angeles Kings Brown, DustinDustin BrownSpent entire NHL career with team 2008–09[22] RW
Minnesota Wild Koivu, MikkoMikko KoivuSpent entire NHL career with team 2009–10[23] C
Montreal Canadiens [b]
Nashville Predators Weber, SheaShea WeberSpent entire NHL career with team 2010–11[24] D
New Jersey Devils [b] D
New York Islanders Tavares, JohnJohn TavaresSpent entire NHL career with team 2013–14[25] C
New York Rangers McDonagh, RyanRyan McDonaghSpent entire NHL career with team 2014–15[26] D
Ottawa Senators Karlsson, ErikErik KarlssonSpent entire NHL career with team 2014–15[27] D
Philadelphia Flyers Giroux, ClaudeClaude GirouxSpent entire NHL career with team 2012–13[28] C
Pittsburgh Penguins Crosby, SidneySidney CrosbySpent entire NHL career with team 2007–08[29] C
St. Louis Blues Backes, DavidDavid BackesSpent entire NHL career with team 2011–12[30] C
San Jose Sharks [b]
Tampa Bay Lightning Stamkos, StevenSteven StamkosSpent entire NHL career with team 2013–14[31] C
Toronto Maple Leafs Phaneuf, DionDion Phaneuf 2010–11[32] D
Vancouver Canucks Sedin, HenrikHenrik SedinSpent entire NHL career with team 2010–11[33] C
Washington Capitals Ovechkin, AlexanderAlexander OvechkinSpent entire NHL career with team 2009–10[34] LW
Winnipeg Jets Ladd, AndrewAndrew Ladd 2010–11[35] LW

Alternate captains[edit]

Jordan Staal, an alternate captain of the Carolina Hurricanes
Tomas Plekanec, an alternate captain of the Montreal Canadiens
Kyle Okposo, an alternate captain of the New York Islanders
Joe Thornton, an alternate captain of the San Jose Sharks
Blake Wheeler, an alternate captain of the Winnipeg Jets
List of current NHL Alternate Captains
Team Alternate Captain(s) Since Pos
Anaheim Ducks Perry, CoreyCorey PerrySpent entire NHL career with team 2014–15[36] RW
Arizona Coyotes Chipchura, KyleKyle Chipchura 2014–15[37] C
Ekman-Larsson, OliverOliver Ekman-LarssonSpent entire NHL career with team 2014–15[37] D
Hanzal, MartinMartin HanzalSpent entire NHL career with team 2011–12[38] C
Boston Bruins Bergeron, PatricePatrice BergeronSpent entire NHL career with team 2006–07[39] C
Kelly, ChrisChris Kelly 2011–12[40] C
Krejci, DavidDavid KrejciSpent entire NHL career with team 2013–14[41] C
Buffalo Sabres Gorges, JoshJosh Gorges 2014–15[42] D
Moulson, MattMatt Moulson 2014–15[42] LW
Calgary Flames Hudler, JiriJiri Hudler 2014–15[43] RW
Russell, KrisKris Russell 2014–15[44] D
Wideman, DennisDennis Wideman 2014–15[43] D
Carolina Hurricanes Staal, JordanJordan Staal 2012–13[45] C
Chicago Blackhawks Keith, DuncanDuncan KeithSpent entire NHL career with team 2008–09[46] D
Colorado Avalanche Iginla, JaromeJarome Iginla 2014–15[47] RW
McLeod, CodyCody McLeodSpent entire NHL career with team 2013–14[48] LW
Columbus Blue Jackets Boll, JaredJared BollSpent entire NHL career with team 2013–14 RW
Dubinsky, BrandonBrandon Dubinsky 2012–13[49] C
Johnson, JackJack Johnson 2012–13[49] D
Dallas Stars Fiddler, VernonVernon Fiddler 2014–15[50] C
Detroit Red Wings Datsyuk, PavelPavel DatsyukSpent entire NHL career with team 2006–07[51] C
Kronwall, NiklasNiklas KronwallSpent entire NHL career with team 2011–12[52] D
Edmonton Oilers Eberle, JordanJordan EberleSpent entire NHL career with team 2012–13[53] RW
Hall, TaylorTaylor HallSpent entire NHL career with team 2012–13[53] LW
Florida Panthers Bolland, DaveDave Bolland 2014–15[54] C
Campbell, BrianBrian Campbell 2011–12[55] D
MacKenzie, DerekDerek MacKenzie 2014–15[54] C
Upshall, ScottieScottie Upshall 2013–14[56] LW
Los Angeles Kings Greene, MattMatt Greene 2008–09[57] D
Kopitar, AnzeAnze KopitarSpent entire NHL career with team 2008–09[57] C
Minnesota Wild Parise, ZachZach Parise 2012–13[58] LW
Suter, RyanRyan Suter 2012–13[58] D
Montreal Canadiens Markov, AndreiAndrei MarkovSpent entire NHL career with team 2008–09[59] D
Pacioretty, MaxMax PaciorettySpent entire NHL career with team 2014–15[60] LW
Plekanec, TomasTomas PlekanecSpent entire NHL career with team 2014–15[60] C
Subban, P. K.P. K. SubbanSpent entire NHL career with team 2014–15[60] D
Nashville Predators Fisher, MikeMike Fisher 2011–12[61] C
Neal, JamesJames Neal 2014–15[62] LW
New Jersey Devils Elias, PatrikPatrik EliasSpent entire NHL career with team 2007–08 C
Greene, AndyAndy GreeneSpent entire NHL career with team 2013–14[63] D
Zajac, TravisTravis ZajacSpent entire NHL career with team 2013–14[63] C
New York Islanders Nielsen, FransFrans NielsenSpent entire NHL career with team 2014–15[64] C
Okposo, KyleKyle OkposoSpent entire NHL career with team 2009–10[65] RW
Clutterbuck, CalCal Clutterbuck 2014–15[66] RW
New York Rangers Girardi, DanielDaniel GirardiSpent entire NHL career with team 2013–14[67] D
Staal, MarcMarc StaalSpent entire NHL career with team 2010–11[68] D
Stepan, DerekDerek StepanSpent entire NHL career with team 2014–15[68] C
Ottawa Senators Neil, ChrisChris NeilSpent entire NHL career with team[a] 2013–14[69] RW
Phillips, ChrisChris PhillipsSpent entire NHL career with team 2006–07[70] D
Philadelphia Flyers Simmonds, WayneWayne Simmonds 2014–15[71] RW
Streit, MarkMark Streit 2014–15[71] D
Pittsburgh Penguins Kunitz, ChrisChris Kunitz 2012–13[72] LW
Malkin, EvgeniEvgeni MalkinSpent entire NHL career with team 2008–09[73] C
St. Louis Blues Pietrangelo, AlexAlex PietrangeloSpent entire NHL career with team 2012–13 D
Steen, AlexanderAlexander Steen 2011–12[74] LW
San Jose Sharks Marleau, PatrickPatrick MarleauSpent entire NHL career with team 2014–15[75] LW
Pavelski, JoeJoe PavelskiSpent entire NHL career with team 2014–15[75] C
Thornton, JoeJoe Thornton 2014–15[75] C
Vlasic, Marc-EdouardMarc-Edouard VlasicSpent entire NHL career with team 2014–15[75] D
Tampa Bay Lightning [c]
Toronto Maple Leafs Lupul, JoffreyJoffrey Lupul 2012–13[76] LW
Robidas, StephaneStephane Robidas[a] 2014–15[77] D
Vancouver Canucks Sedin, DanielDaniel SedinSpent entire NHL career with team 2010–11[78] LW
Washington Capitals Backstrom, NicklasNicklas BackstromSpent entire NHL career with team 2010–11 C
Orpik, BrooksBrooks Orpik 2014–15[79] D
Winnipeg Jets Stuart, MarkMark Stuart 2011–12 D
Wheeler, BlakeBlake Wheeler 2014–15[80] RW

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Cite error: The named reference Injured was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  2. ^ a b c Captaincy is currently vacant
  3. ^ The Tampa Bay Lightning rotate their Alternate Captain role between a select few players.

References[edit]

Team rosters

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