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]

Jonathan Toews, captain of the Chicago Blackhawks, is the third-youngest player to be named captain of a team in NHL history.[7] Only Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Vincent Lecavalier of the Tampa Bay Lightning were younger than Toews when first named as captain.[7] In 1984, Brian Bellows was named temporary captain of the Minnesota North Stars when Craig Hartsburg was hurt, and is the youngest player to captain a team in NHL history. However, because Bellows was only the temporary captain, Sidney Crosby is the youngest permanent captain in NHL history.[8]

Captains[change | change source]

Twenty-seven of the thirty-one NHL teams currently have a captain. The four teams without a captain are the Arizona Coyotes, Buffalo Sabres, 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 Getzlaf, RyanRyan GetzlafRyan 2010–11[9] C
Arizona Coyotes Vacant 2017–18[10]
Boston Bruins Chara, ZdenoZdeno Chara 2006–07[11] D
Buffalo Sabres Vacant 2017–18[12]
Calgary Flames Giordano, MarkMark GiordanoSpent entire NHL career with team 2013–14[13] D
Carolina Hurricanes Justin FaulkSpent entire NHL career with team 2017–18 D
Staal, JordanJordan Staal 2017–18 C
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/C
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/C
Edmonton Oilers McDavid, ConnorConnor McDavidSpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17[19] C
Florida Panthers Derek MacKenzie 2016–17 C
Los Angeles Kings Kopitar, AnzeAnze KopitarSpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17[20] C
Minnesota Wild Koivu, MikkoMikko KoivuSpent entire NHL career with team 2009–10[21] C
Montreal Canadiens Max PaciorettySpent entire NHL career with team 2015–16[22] LW
Nashville Predators Roman JosiSpent entire NHL career with team 2017–18 D
New Jersey Devils Greene, AndyAndy GreeneSpent entire NHL career with team 2015–16[23] D
New York Islanders Tavares, JohnJohn TavaresSpent entire NHL career with team 2013–14[24] C
New York Rangers Vacant 2017–18[25] D
Ottawa Senators Karlsson, ErikErik KarlssonSpent entire NHL career with team 2014–15[26] D
Philadelphia Flyers Giroux, ClaudeClaude GirouxSpent entire NHL career with team 2012–13[27] C
Pittsburgh Penguins Crosby, SidneySidney CrosbySpent entire NHL career with team 2007–08[28] C
St. Louis Blues Pietrangelo, AlexAlex PietrangeloSpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17 D
San Jose Sharks Pavelski, JoeJoe PavelskiSpent entire NHL career with team 2015–16[29] C/RW
Tampa Bay Lightning Stamkos, StevenSteven StamkosSpent entire NHL career with team 2013–14[30] C
Toronto Maple Leafs Mattews, AustinAustin Mattews 2015–16
Vancouver Canucks Sedin, HenrikHenrik SedinSpent entire NHL career with team 2010–11[31] C
Vegas Golden Knights Vacant 2017–18
Washington Capitals Ovechkin, AlexanderAlexander OvechkinSpent entire NHL career with team 2009–10[32] LW
Winnipeg Jets Wheeler, BlakeBlake 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 Kesler, RyanRyan Kesler 2015–16 C
Perry, CoreyCorey PerrySpent entire NHL career with team 2014–15[33] RW
Arizona Coyotes Ekman-Larsson, OliverOliver Ekman-LarssonSpent entire NHL career with team 2014–15[34] D
Goligoski, AlexAlex Goligoski 2017–18[34] D
Hjalmarsson, NiklasNiklas Hjalmarsson 2017–18[34] D
Richardson, BradBrad Richardson 2017–18[34] C
Stepan, DerekDerek Stepan 2017–18[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 Bogosian, ZachZach Bogosian 2017–18[37] D
Eichel, JackJack EichelSpent entire NHL career with team 2017–18[37] C
Okposo, KyleKyle Okposo 2017–18[37] RW
O'Reilly, RyanRyan O'Reilly 2015–16[37] C
Calgary Flames Brouwer, TroyTroy Brouwer 2016–17 RW
Monahan, SeanSean Monahanspent entire career with NHL team 2015–16 C
Carolina Hurricanes Skinner, JeffJeff SkinnerSpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17 LW
Chicago Blackhawks Keith, DuncanDuncan KeithSpent entire NHL career with team 2008–09[38] D
Seabrook, BrentBrent SeabrookSpent entire NHL career with team 2015–16[39] D
Colorado Avalanche
Johnson, ErikErik Johnson 2017–18 D
MacKinnon, NathanNathan MacKinnonSpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17 C
Columbus Blue Jackets Dubinsky, BrandonBrandon Dubinsky 2012–13 C
Jenner, BooneBoone JennerSpent entire NHL career with team 2015–16 C/LW
Johnson, JackJack Johnson 2017–18 D
Dallas Stars
Klingberg, JohnJohn KlingbergSpent entire NHL career with team 2017–18 D
Radulov, AlexanderAlexander Radulov 2017–18 RW
Seguin, TylerTyler Seguin 2017–18 C
Spezza, JasonJason Spezza 2016–17 C
Detroit Red Wings Abdelkader, JustinJustin AbdelkaderSpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17 LW
Kronwall, NiklasNiklas KronwallSpent entire NHL career with team 2011–12[40] D
Edmonton Oilers Lucic, MilanMilan Lucic 2016–17[19] LW
Nugent-Hopkins, RyanRyan Nugent-HopkinsSpent entire NHL career with team 2015–16[41] C
Larsson, AdamAdam Larsson 2017–18[42] D
Florida Panthers
Barkov, AleksanderAleksander BarkovSpent entire NHL career with team 2017–18 C
Ekblad, AaronAaron EkbladSpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17[43] D
Trocheck, VincentVincent TrocheckSpent entire NHL career with team 2017–18 C
Yandle, KeithKeith Yandle 2017–18 D
Los Angeles Kings Carter, JeffJeff Carter 2015–16 C/RW
Doughty, DrewDrew DoughtySpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17 D
Minnesota Wild Parise, ZachZach Parise 2012–13[44] LW
Suter, RyanRyan Suter 2012–13[44] D
Montreal Canadiens Gallagher, BrendanBrendan GallagherSpent entire NHL career with team 2015–16[45] RW
Plekanec, TomasTomas PlekanecSpent entire NHL career with team 2014–15[46] C
Weber, SheaShea Weber 2016–17[45] D
Nashville Predators
Ekholm, MattiasMattias EkholmSpent entire NHL career with team 2017–18 D
Ellis, RyanRyan EllisSpent entire NHL career with team 2017–18 D
Forsberg, FilipFilip ForsbergSpent entire NHL career with team 2017–18 LW
Johansen, RyanRyan Johansen 2017–18 C
New Jersey Devils
Hall, TaylorTaylor Hall 2017–18 LW
Johansson, MarcusMarcus Johansson 2017–18 LW
Palmieri, KyleKyle Palmieri 2017–18 C
Zajac, TravisTravis ZajacSpent entire NHL career with team 2013–14[23] C
New York Islanders
Clutterbuck, CalCal Clutterbuck 2016–17[47] RW
Ladd, AndrewAndrew Ladd 2016–17[47] LW
New York Rangers Nash, RickRick Nash 2016–17 LW
Staal, MarcMarc StaalSpent entire NHL career with team 2010–11[48] D
Zuccarello, MatsMats ZuccarelloSpent entire NHL career with team 2017–18 RW
Ottawa Senators
Phaneuf, DionDion Phaneuf 2016-17[49] D
Stone, MarkMark StoneSpent entire NHL career with team 2017–18 RW
Philadelphia Flyers Filppula, ValtteriValtteri Filppula 2017–18 C
MacDonald, AndrewAndrew MacDonald 2017–18 D
Simmonds, WayneWayne Simmonds 2014–15[50] RW
Pittsburgh Penguins Letang, KrisKris LetangSpent entire NHL career with team 2017–18 D
Malkin, EvgeniEvgeni MalkinSpent entire NHL career with team 2008–09[51] C
St. Louis Blues
Schwartz, JadenJaden SchwartzSpent entire NHL career with team 2017–18 LW
Stastny, PaulPaul Stastny 2016–17 C
Steen, AlexanderAlexander Steen 2011–12 LW
Tarasenko, VladimirVladimir TarasenkoSpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17 RW
San Jose Sharks Couture, LoganLogan CoutureSpent entire NHL career with team 2015–16 C
Thornton, JoeJoe Thornton 2014–15[52] C
Tampa Bay Lightning Callahan, RyanRyan Callahan 2014–15 RW
Palat, OndrejOndrej PalatSpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17 RW
Toronto Maple Leafs Bozak, TylerTyler BozakSpent entire NHL career with team 2015–16[53] C
Komarov, LeoLeo KomarovSpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17 LW
Rielly, MorganMorgan RiellySpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17 D
Vancouver Canucks Michael Del Zotto 2017–18 D
Alexander EdlerSpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17 D
Daniel SedinSpent entire NHL career with team 2010–11[54] LW
Brandon Sutter 2016–17 C
Christopher TanevSpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17 D
Vegas Golden Knights Engelland, DerykDeryk Engelland 2017–18 D
Neal, JamesJames Neal 2017–18 RW
Perron, DavidDavid Perron 2017–18 LW
Sbisa, LucaLuca Sbisa 2017–18 D
Smith, ReillyReilly Smith 2017–18 RW
Washington Capitals Backstrom, NicklasNicklas BackstromSpent entire NHL career with team 2010–11 C
Orpik, BrooksBrooks Orpik 2014–15[55] D
Winnipeg Jets Byfuglien, DustinDustin Byfuglien 2016–17[56] D
Scheifele, MarkMark 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.

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