List of current NHL captains and alternate captains

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The captain can be identified by the large "C" on their jersey.

The National Hockey League (NHL) is a professional ice hockey league with 31 teams founded in 1917. Each team can select a captain, who has the "sole privilege of discussing with the Referee any questions relating to interpretation of rules which may arise during the progress of a game".[1][2] Each team is also allowed to pick alternate captains, who work when the captain is not on the ice.[1] Captains have to wear the letter "C" on their uniform to show who they are; alternate captains wear the letter "A". Both letters are 3 inches (7.6 cm) in height.[1]

Some teams in the NHL do not have a captain. Rule 6.2 of the 2008–09 Official NHL Rulebook says 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] Many NHL teams with a captain select more than two alternate captains and change who wears the "A" for different games during the season.[3]

Goaltenders are not allowed to be captains during games.[1] This rule was made in 1948 after teams did not like 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 was the team's captain, but because of the NHL rule against goaltender captains, the league did not allow Luongo to act as captain on-ice.[5] Because of this, the Canucks were allowed to have three alternate captains in games, instead of two that most teams have.[5] Two (of the three) alternate captains took care of Luongo's on-ice work: Willie Mitchell (then alternate captain) talked to the officials.[5] Luongo was not allowed to wear the "C" on his jersey, but it was part of the artwork on the front of his mask.[4] Other than Durnan and Luongo, five other goaltenders have been captain o 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 Connor McDavid was named captain of the Edmonton Oilers, he became the youngest permanent captain in NHL history. Gabriel Landeskog of the Colorado Avalanche and Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, 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 on an interim basis, McDavid retains the distinction of being the youngest permanent captain in the League's history. Mark Messier is the only player to captain two separate teams to Stanley Cup championships, those being the 1990Edmonton Oilers and the 1994 New York Rangers. Sidney Crosby also became the youngest captain to win the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009. The oldest permanent captain in league history was Mark Messier of the New York Rangers, who turned 43 years old, during his last NHL season, 2003–04. The longest tenure in league history was Steve Yzerman of the Detroit Red Wings, who served as captain of the Red Wings for (nineteen seasons) twenty years.

Captains[change | change source]

Twenty-five of the thirty-one NHL teams currently have a captain. The six teams without a captain are the Detroit Red Wings, the New York Rangers, the Ottawa Senators, the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Vancouver Canucks, and the Vegas Golden Knights. The current longest-tenured captain in the League is Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins, who has served in the role since October 3, 2006.

List of current NHL Captains
Team Captain Since Pos
Anaheim Ducks Ryan GetzlafRyan 2010–11[7] C
Arizona Coyotes Oliver Ekman-LarssonSpent entire NHL career with team 2018–19 D
Boston Bruins Zdeno Chara 2006–07[8] D
Buffalo Sabres Jack EichelSpent entire NHL career with team 2018–19 C
Calgary Flames Mark GiordanoSpent entire NHL career with team 2013–14[9] D
Carolina Hurricanes Justin Williams 2018–19 RW
Chicago Blackhawks Jonathan ToewsSpent entire NHL career with team 2008–09[10] C
Colorado Avalanche Gabriel LandeskogSpent entire NHL career with team 2012–13[11] LW
Columbus Blue Jackets Nick Foligno 2015–16[12] LW/C
Dallas Stars Jamie BennSpent entire NHL career with team 2013–14[13] LW
Detroit Red Wings Vacant 2018–19
Edmonton Oilers Connor McDavidSpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17 C
Florida Panthers Aleksander BarkovSpent entire NHL career with team 2018–19 C
Los Angeles Kings Anze KopitarSpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17[14] C
Minnesota Wild Mikko KoivuSpent entire NHL career with team 2009–10[15] C
Montreal Canadiens Shea Weber 2018–19[16] D
Nashville Predators Roman JosiSpent entire NHL career with team 2017–18 D
New Jersey Devils Andy GreeneSpent entire NHL career with team 2015–16[17] D
New York Islanders Anders LeeSpent entire NHL career with team 2018–19 LW
New York Rangers Vacant 2017–18
Ottawa Senators Vacant 2018–19
Philadelphia Flyers Claude GirouxSpent entire NHL career with team 2012–13[18] C
Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney CrosbySpent entire NHL career with team 2007–08[19] C
St. Louis Blues Alex PietrangeloSpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17 D
San Jose Sharks Joe PavelskiSpent entire NHL career with team 2015–16[20] C/RW
Tampa Bay Lightning Steven StamkosSpent entire NHL career with team 2013–14[21] C
Toronto Maple Leafs Vacant 2015–16
Vancouver Canucks Vacant 2018–19
Vegas Golden Knights Vacant 2017–18
Washington Capitals Alexander OvechkinSpent entire NHL career with team 2009–10[22] LW
Winnipeg Jets Blake Wheeler 2016–17 RW

Alternate captains[change | change source]

Jeff Skinner, 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
List of current NHL alternate captains
Team Alternate captain(s) Since Pos
Anaheim Ducks Ryan Kesler 2015–16 C
Corey PerrySpent entire NHL career with team 2014–15[23] RW
Arizona Coyotes Niklas Hjalmarsson 2017–18[24] D
Derek Stepan 2017–18[24] C
Boston Bruins Patrice BergeronSpent entire NHL career with team 2006–07[25] C
David KrejciSpent entire NHL career with team 2013–14[26] C
Buffalo Sabres Zach Bogosian 2017–18[27] D
Kyle Okposo 2017–18[27] RW
Calgary Flames Sean Monahanspent entire career with NHL team 2015–16 C
Mikael Backlundspent entire career with NHL team 2018–19 C
Matthew Tkachukspent entire career with NHL team 2018–19 LW
Carolina Hurricanes Justin Faulkspent entire career with NHL team 2018–19 D
Jordan Staal 2018–19 C
Chicago Blackhawks Duncan KeithSpent entire NHL career with team 2008–09[28] D
Brent SeabrookSpent entire NHL career with team 2015–16[29] D
Colorado Avalanche
Erik Johnson 2017–18 D
Nathan MacKinnonSpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17 C
Columbus Blue Jackets
Cam AtkinsonSpent entire NHL career with team 2018–19[30] LW
Boone JennerSpent entire NHL career with team 2015–16 C
Seth Jones 2018–19[31] D
Dallas Stars
John KlingbergSpent entire NHL career with team 2017–18 D
Alexander Radulov 2017–18 RW
Tyler Seguin 2017–18 C
Jason Spezza 2016–17 C
Detroit Red Wings Justin AbdelkaderSpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17 LW
Niklas KronwallSpent entire NHL career with team 2011–12[32] D
Dylan LarkinSpent entire NHL career with team 2018–19 C
Frans Nielsen 2018–19 C
Edmonton Oilers Adam Larsson 2017–18[33] D
Milan Lucic 2016–17 LW
Ryan Nugent-HopkinsSpent entire NHL career with team 2015–16[34] C
Florida Panthers
Aaron Ekblad Spent entire NHL career with team 2016–17 D
Jonathan Huberdeau Spent entire NHL career with team 2018–19 LW
Vincent Trocheck Spent entire NHL career with team 2017–18 C
Keith Yandle 2017–18 D
Los Angeles Kings Jeff Carter 2015–16 C/RW
Drew DoughtySpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17 D
Minnesota Wild Zach Parise 2012–13[35] LW
Ryan Suter 2012–13[35] D
Montreal Canadiens Paul Byron 2018–19[36] LW
Brendan GallagherSpent entire NHL career with team 2015–16[37] RW
Nashville Predators
Mattias EkholmSpent entire NHL career with team 2017–18 D
Ryan EllisSpent entire NHL career with team 2017–18 D
Filip ForsbergSpent entire NHL career with team 2017–18 LW
Ryan Johansen 2017–18 C
New Jersey Devils
Taylor Hall 2017–18 LW
Kyle Palmieri 2017–18 C
Travis ZajacSpent entire NHL career with team 2013–14[17] C
New York Islanders
Josh BaileySpent entire NHL career with team 2018–19 RW
Cal Clutterbuck 2016–17[38] RW
Andrew Ladd 2016–17[38] LW
New York Rangers
Jesper FastSpent entire NHL career with team 2018–19 RW
Chris KreiderSpent entire NHL career with team 2017–18 LW
Marc StaalSpent entire NHL career with team 2010–11[39] D
Mika Zibanejad 2018–19 C
2017–18 RW
Ottawa Senators
Mark BorowieckiSpent entire NHL career with team 2018–19 D
Zack SmithSpent entire NHL career with team 2017–18 C/LW
Philadelphia Flyers
Sean CouturierSpent entire NHL career with team 2018–19 C
Andrew MacDonald 2017–18 D
Pittsburgh Penguins Kris LetangSpent entire NHL career with team 2017–18 D
Evgeni MalkinSpent entire NHL career with team 2008–09[40] C
St. Louis Blues
Alexander Steen 2011–12 LW
Vladimir TarasenkoSpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17 RW
San Jose Sharks Logan CoutureSpent entire NHL career with team 2015–16 C
Joe Thornton 2014–15[41] C
Tampa Bay Lightning Ryan Callahan 2014–15 RW
Ondrej PalatSpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17 RW
Toronto Maple Leafs Patrick Marleau 2018–19[42] LW
Morgan RiellySpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17 D
John Tavares 2018–19[42] C
Vancouver Canucks Alexander EdlerSpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17 D
Bo HorvatSpent entire NHL career with team 2018–19[43] C
Brandon Sutter 2016–17 C
Christopher TanevSpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17 D
Vegas Golden Knights Pierre-Edouard Bellemare 2017–18 LW
Deryk Engelland 2017–18 D
Reilly Smith 2017–18 RW
Washington Capitals Nicklas BackstromSpent entire NHL career with team 2010–11 C
Brooks Orpik 2014–15 D
Winnipeg Jets Dustin Byfuglien 2016–17[44] D
Mark ScheifeleSpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17 C


Notes[change | change source]

  • a Player is currently on the injured reserve list
  • b Player is injured and expected to miss the remainder of the season.

References[change | change source]

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