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.

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] Currently, the Edmonton Oilers do not have a captain after taking the role from Andrew Ference. The Toronto Maple Leafs, Carolina Hurricanes, Nashville Predators and Winnipeg Jets do not have a captain after trading Dion Phaneuf, Eric Staal, Shea Weber and Andrew Ladd respectively, to other teams. The St. Louis Blues have no captain, since David Backes signed up with the Boston Bruins.

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, Alec 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

Captains[edit]

Zdeno Chara, captain of the Boston Bruins

Twenty-three of the thirty NHL teams currently have a captain. The seven teams without a captain are the Carolina Hurricanes, Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators, St. Louis Blues, Toronto Maple Leafs and the Winnipeg Jets. The current longest-tenured captain in the League is Shane Doan of the Arizona Coyotes, who has served in the role since September 10, 2003. As of June 16, 2016, one captain has been named prior to the 2016–17 NHL season: Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings.

List of current NHL Captains
Team Captain Since Pos
Anaheim Ducks Getzlaf, RyanRyan GetzlafRyan 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 2013–14[13] D
Carolina Hurricanes

Vacant

2015–16
Chicago Blackhawks Toews, JonathanJonathan ToewsSpent entire NHL career with team 2008–09[14] C
Colorado Avalanche Landeskog, GabrielGabriel LandeskogSpent entire NHL career with team 2012–13[15] LW
Columbus Blue Jackets Foligno, NickNick Foligno 2015–16[16] LW
Dallas Stars Benn, JamieJamie BennSpent entire NHL career with team 2013–14[17] LW
Detroit Red Wings Zetterberg, HenrikHenrik ZetterbergSpent entire NHL career with team 2012–13[18] LW
Edmonton Oilers

Vacant

2015–16
Florida Panthers

Vacant

2016–17
Los Angeles Kings Kopitar, AnzeAnze Kopitardagger 2016–17[19] C
Minnesota Wild Koivu, MikkoMikko KoivuSpent entire NHL career with team 2009–10[20] C
Montreal Canadiens Max PaciorettySpent entire NHL career with team 2015–16[21] LW
Nashville Predators

Vacant

2016–17
New Jersey Devils Greene, AndyAndy GreeneSpent entire NHL career with team 2015–16[22] D
New York Islanders Tavares, JohnJohn TavaresSpent entire NHL career with team 2013–14[23] C
New York Rangers McDonagh, RyanRyan McDonaghSpent entire NHL career with team 2014–15[24] D
Ottawa Senators Karlsson, ErikErik KarlssonSpent entire NHL career with team 2014–15[25] D
Philadelphia Flyers Giroux, ClaudeClaude GirouxSpent entire NHL career with team 2012–13[26] C
Pittsburgh Penguins Crosby, SidneySidney CrosbySpent entire NHL career with team 2007–08[27] C
St. Louis Blues

Vacant

2016–17
San Jose Sharks Pavelski, JoeJoe PavelskiSpent entire NHL career with team 2015–16[28] C
Tampa Bay Lightning Stamkos, StevenSteven StamkosSpent entire NHL career with team 2013–14[29] C
Toronto Maple Leafs

Vacant

2015–16
Vancouver Canucks Sedin, HenrikHenrik SedinSpent entire NHL career with team 2010–11[30] C
Washington Capitals Ovechkin, AlexanderAlexander OvechkinSpent entire NHL career with team 2009–10[31] LW
Winnipeg Jets

Vacant

2015–16

Alternate captains[edit]

Jordan Staal, an alternate captain of the Carolina Hurricanes
Tomas Plekanec, an alternate captain of the Montreal Canadiens
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[32] RW
Kesler, RyanRyan Kesler 2015–16 C
Arizona Coyotes Ekman-Larsson, OliverOliver Ekman-LarssonSpent entire NHL career with team 2014–15[33] D
Hanzal, MartinMartin HanzalSpent entire NHL career with team 2011–12[34] C
Boston Bruins Bergeron, PatricePatrice BergeronSpent entire NHL career with team 2006–07[35] C
Krejci, DavidDavid KrejciSpent entire NHL career with team 2013–14[36] C
Buffalo Sabres Ennis, TylerTyler EnnisSpent entire NHL career with team 2015–16 C
Gorges, JoshJosh Gorges 2014–15[37] D
O'Reilly, RyanRyan O'Reilly 2015–16 C
Calgary Flames Monahan, SeanSean Monahanspent entire career with NHL team 2015–16 C
Wideman, DennisDennis Wideman 2014–15[38] D
Carolina Hurricanes Faulk, JustinJustin FaulkSpent entire NHL career with team 2015–16 D
Staal, JordanJordan Staal 2012–13[39] C
Chicago Blackhawks Keith, DuncanDuncan KeithSpent entire NHL career with team 2008–09[40] D
Seabrook, BrentBrent SeabrookSpent entire NHL career with team 2015–16[41] D
Colorado Avalanche Iginla, JaromeJarome Iginla 2014–15[42] RW
McLeod, CodyCody McLeodSpent entire NHL career with team 2013–14[43] LW
Columbus Blue Jackets Dubinsky, BrandonBrandon Dubinsky 2012–13[44] C
Jenner, BooneBoone JennerSpent entire NHL career with team 2015–16 C
Dallas Stars Vacant 2016–17
Detroit Red Wings Kronwall, NiklasNiklas KronwallSpent entire NHL career with team 2011–12[45] D
Edmonton Oilers Eberle, JordanJordan EberleSpent entire NHL career with team 2012–13[46] RW
Ference, AndrewAndrew Ference 2015–16[47] D
Nugent-Hopkins, RyanRyan Nugent-HopkinsSpent entire NHL career with team 2015–16[47] C
Florida Panthers Bolland, DaveDave Bolland 2014–15[48] C
Jokinen, JussiJussi Jokinen 2015–16 LW
MacKenzie, DerekDerek MacKenzie 2014–15[48] C
Los Angeles Kings Vacant 2016–17
Minnesota Wild Parise, ZachZach Parise 2012–13[49] LW
Suter, RyanRyan Suter 2012–13[49] D
Montreal Canadiens Gallagher, BrendanBrendan GallagherSpent entire NHL career with team 2015–16[50] RW
Markov, AndreiAndrei MarkovSpent entire NHL career with team 2008–09[50] D
Plekanec, TomasTomas PlekanecSpent entire NHL career with team 2014–15[51] C
Nashville Predators Fisher, MikeMike Fisher 2011–12[52] C
Josi, RomanRoman JosiSpent entire NHL career with team 2015–16 D
Neal, JamesJames Neal 2014–15[53] LW
New Jersey Devils Cammalleri, MichaelMichael Cammalleri 2015–16[22] LW
Elias, PatrikPatrik EliasSpent entire NHL career with team 2007–08[22] LW
Henrique, AdamAdam HenriqueSpent entire NHL career with team 2015–16[22] C
Zajac, TravisTravis ZajacSpent entire NHL career with team 2013–14[22] C
New York Islanders Vacant 2016–17
New York Rangers Girardi, DanielDaniel GirardiSpent entire NHL career with team 2013–14[54] D
Staal, MarcMarc StaalSpent entire NHL career with team 2010–11[55] D
Stepan, DerekDerek StepanSpent entire NHL career with team 2014–15[55] C
Ottawa Senators Neil, ChrisChris NeilSpent entire NHL career with team 2013–14[56] RW
Turris, KyleKyle Turris 2015–16 C
Philadelphia Flyers Simmonds, WayneWayne Simmonds 2014–15[57] RW
Streit, MarkMark Streit 2014–15[57] D
Pittsburgh Penguins Kunitz, ChrisChris Kunitz 2012–13[58] LW
Malkin, EvgeniEvgeni MalkinSpent entire NHL career with team 2008–09[59] C
St. Louis Blues Pietrangelo, AlexAlex PietrangeloSpent entire NHL career with team 2012–13 D
Steen, AlexanderAlexander Steen 2011–12[60] LW
San Jose Sharks Couture, LoganLogan CoutureSpent entire NHL career with team 2015–16 C
Thornton, JoeJoe Thornton 2014–15[61] C
Tampa Bay Lightning Callahan, RyanRyan Callahan 2014–15 RW
rotating[a]
Toronto Maple Leafs Bozak, TylerTyler BozakSpent entire NHL career with team 2015–16[62] C
Hunwick, MattMatt Hunwick 2015–16[63] D
Vancouver Canucks Burrows, AlexandreAlexandre BurrowsSpent entire NHL career with team 2015–16 RW
Sedin, DanielDaniel SedinSpent entire NHL career with team 2010–11[64] LW
Washington Capitals Backstrom, NicklasNicklas BackstromSpent entire NHL career with team 2010–11 C
Orpik, BrooksBrooks Orpik 2014–15[65] D
Winnipeg Jets Stuart, MarkMark Stuart 2011–12 D
Wheeler, BlakeBlake Wheeler 2014–15[66] RW

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Position rotated among multiple players

References[edit]

Team rosters

Specific

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