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Who’re the 31 NHL groups’ captains, alternate captains for 2019-20 season?

Virtually each offseason there’s not less than one change in who wears the “C” for an NHL squad. Final season there have been 5 newly-named captains within the league whereas this 12 months there’s three. Whether or not a change is made due to retirement, roster strikes or any variety of causes, the choice to nominate one particular person as crew captain is a significant one, though some groups select to play with solely alternate captains.

There are presently 4 squads with out captains: Detroit Purple Wings, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators and Vegas Golden Knights. The groups that introduced new captains for 2019-20 had been the San Jose Sharks (Logan Couture), Carolina Hurricanes (Jordan Staal), Toronto Maple Leafs (John Tavares) and Vancouver Canucks (Bo Horvat).

The Sharks and Hurricanes had been the one groups who misplaced their captains this offseason. Carolina’s Justin Williams is reportedly taking a break from the NHL and San Jose’s former captain Joe Pavelski, signed a three-year take care of the Dallas Stars.

Though it’s Jordan Staal’s first time being a crew captain, it’s not the primary time a Staal has captained the Carolina Hurricanes. His older brother, Eric, was the Hurricanes’ captain from 2009-10 via 2015-16. Within the West, Couture is coming into his 11th season with the Sharks and his first as captain. Presently ranked fourth in objectives (240) and factors (507) in Sharks’ historical past, he’s 4 objectives behind teammate Joe Thornton all of the all-time checklist. Tavares turns into the 25th captain of the Maple Leafs following a three-year span with no “C” on the chest of a Maple Leafs’ sweater. The Canucks performed with out a captain final season (following Henrik Sedin’s retirement) and introduced Horvat as crew captain at their house opener this season.

So why do we’d like captains?

Within the NHL, captains arguably have probably the most important function of any main sport. They’re the one ones permitted to speak to the referee about rule interpretations per Rule 6.1 of the 2018-19 NHL rulebook. Additionally it is written that no crew is permitted to have co-captains.

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So what are alternate captains for?

Effectively first issues first, the right time period is “alternate captain” opposite to the in style perception that the “A” stands for “assistant captain.” Basically the alternate captains are there to take over the obligations of the captain if he’s not on the ice. The truth is, in keeping with Rule 6.1, if a participant (captain, alternate or neither) leaves the bench and “makes any protest or intervention with the officers,” they are going to be assessed a minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. Additionally it is clearly acknowledged that disagreements over penalty calls usually are not thought-about rule interpretations.

There’s a restrict to the variety of captains a crew can placed on the ice in a given contest. No crew is allowed greater than three letters, both a captain and two alternates or three alternates might take the ice in a given sport. You is perhaps asking your self, “How then are there greater than three names listed for some groups?” Nice query. Groups work round this rule by assigning completely different gamers as alternate captains for house and away contests.

Another factor to notice: goaltenders usually are not permitted to be captains or alternate captains. Sorry.

Jap Convention

The longest-tenured captain within the NHL is Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins, coming into his 14th season sporting the “C” on his chest. Staal and Tavares are the one first-year captains within the Jap Convention. The following-shortest-tenured captains are Buffalo’s Jack Eichel, Florida’s Aleksander Barkov, Montreal’s Shea Weber and the New York Islanders’ Anders Lee — who’re all coming into their second season as crew captains. The Purple Wings, Rangers and Senators had been all with out a captain for the primary time final season and would not have one listed for this 12 months.

Crew
Captain
Alternates
Boston Bruins
Zdeno Chara
Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci
Buffalo Sabres
Jack Eichel
Marcus Johansson, Jake McCabe
Carolina Hurricanes
Jordan Staal
Jordan Martinook, Jaccob Slavin
Columbus Blue Jackets
Nick Foligno
Cam Atkinson, Boone Jenner
Detroit Purple Wings
 
Justin Abdelkader, Luke Glendening, Dylan Larkin, Frans Nielsen
Florida Panthers
Aleksander Barkov
Aaron Ekblad, Jonathan Huberdeau, Vincent Trocheck, Keith Yandle
Montreal Canadiens
Shea Weber
Paul Byron, Brendan Gallagher
New Jersey Devils
Andy Greene
Taylor Corridor, Travis Zajac
New York Islanders
Anders Lee
Josh Bailey, Cal Clutterbuck, Andrew Ladd
New York Rangers
 
Jesper Quick, Chris Kreider, Marc Staal, Mika Zibanejad
Ottawa Senators
 
Mark Borowiecki, Ron Hainsey, Jean-Gabriel Pageau
Philadelphia Flyers
Claude Giroux
Sean Couturier
Pittsburgh Penguins
Sidney Crosby
Kris Letang, Evgeni Malkin
Tampa Bay Lightning
Steven Stamkos
Victor Hedman
Toronto Maple Leafs
John Tavares
Morgan Rielly, Mitch Marner, Auston Matthews
Washington Capitals
Alex Ovechkin
Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson

Western Convention

The longest-tenured captain within the Western Convention is a tie between Chicago’s Jonathan Toews and Minnesota’s Mikko Koivu, every coming into their 12th season as captain of their respective golf equipment. The latest captains coming into the season within the West are Couture (San Jose) and Horvat (Vancouver). The Golden Knights have by no means had a crew captain and now enter their third season within the NHL. The Canucks’ earlier captain was Henrik Sedin within the 2017-18 season.

Crew
Captain
Alternates
Anaheim Geese
Ryan Getzlaf
Ryan Kesler
Arizona Coyotes
Oliver Ekman-Larsson
Niklas Hjalmarsson, Derek Stepan
Calgary Flames
Mark Giordano
Mikael Backlund, Sean Monahan, Matthew Tkachuk
Chicago Blackhawks
Jonathan Toews
Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook
Colorado Avalanche
Gabriel Landeskog
Erik Johnson, Nathan MacKinnon
Dallas Stars
Jamie Benn
John Klingberg, Alexander Radulov, Tyler Seguin
Edmonton Oilers
Connor McDavid
Adam Larsson, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Los Angeles Kings
Anze Kopitar
Jeff Carter, Drew Doughty
Minnesota Wild
Mikko Koivu
Zach Parise, Ryan Suter
Nashville Predators
Roman Josi
Mattias Ekholm, Ryan Ellis, Filip Forsberg, Ryan Johansen
San Jose Sharks
Logan Couture
Brent Burns, Tomas Hertl, Erik Karlsson, Joe Thornton
St. Louis Blues
Alex Pietrangelo
Alexander Steen, Vladimir Tarasenko
Vancouver Canucks
Bo Horvat
Alexander Edler, Brandon Sutter, Christopher Tanev
Vegas Golden Knights
 
Reilly Smith
Winnipeg Jets
Blake Wheeler
Dustin Byfuglien, Mark Scheifele, Josh Morrissey

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