List of current NHL captains and alternate captains

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Sidney Crosby, captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins since 2007

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.

Key[change | change source]

 dagger  Spent entire NHL career with team

Position abbreviations
Abbreviation Definition
C Centre
LW Left wing
RW Right Wing
D Defenceman

Captains[change | change source]

Jonathan Toews, captain of the Chicago Blackhawks since 2008
Alexander Ovechkin, captain of the Washington Capitals since 2010
Ryan Getzlaf, captain of the Anaheim Ducks since 2010

Twenty-six of the thirty-one NHL teams currently have a captain. The five teams without a captain are the Detroit Red Wings, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, and the Vegas Golden Knights. Of the twenty-six captains, twenty of them have been with their team for their entire career. The current longest-tenured captain in the League is Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who has served in the role since May 31, 2007.

List of current NHL Captains
Team Captain Since Pos
Anaheim Ducks Ryan GetzlafSpent entire NHL career with team 2010–11[7] C
Arizona Coyotes Oliver Ekman-LarssonSpent entire NHL career with team 2018–19[8] D
Boston Bruins Patrice BergeronSpent entire NHL career with team 2020–21[9] C
Buffalo Sabres Jack EichelSpent entire NHL career with team 2018–19[10] C
Calgary Flames Mark GiordanoSpent entire NHL career with team 2013–14[11] D
Carolina Hurricanes Jordan Staal 2019–20[12] C
Chicago Blackhawks Jonathan ToewsSpent entire NHL career with team 2008–09[13] C
Colorado Avalanche Gabriel LandeskogSpent entire NHL career with team 2012–13[14] LW
Columbus Blue Jackets Nick Foligno 2015–16[15] LW/C
Dallas Stars Jamie BennSpent entire NHL career with team 2013–14[16] LW
Detroit Red Wings Dylan LarkinSpent entire NHL career with team 2020–21[17] C
Edmonton Oilers Connor McDavidSpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17 C
Florida Panthers Aleksander BarkovSpent entire NHL career with team 2018–19[18] C
Los Angeles Kings Anze KopitarSpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17[19] C
Minnesota Wild Jared SpurgeonSpent entire NHL career with team 2020–21[20] D
Montreal Canadiens Shea Weber 2018–19[21] D
Nashville Predators Roman JosiSpent entire NHL career with team 2017–18[22] D
New Jersey Devils Vacant 2019–20
New York Islanders Anders LeeSpent entire NHL career with team 2018–19[23] LW
New York Rangers Vacant 2017–18
Ottawa Senators Vacant 2018–19
Philadelphia Flyers Claude GirouxSpent entire NHL career with team 2012–13[24] C
Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney CrosbySpent entire NHL career with team 2007–08[25] C
San Jose Sharks Logan CoutureSpent entire NHL career with team 2019–20[26] C
St. Louis Blues Ryan O'Reilly 2020–21[27] C
Tampa Bay Lightning Steven StamkosSpent entire NHL career with team 2013–14[28] C
Toronto Maple Leafs John Tavares 2019–20[29] C
Vancouver Canucks Bo HorvatSpent entire NHL career with team 2019–20[30] C
Vegas Golden Knights Mark Stone 2020–21[31] RW
Washington Capitals Alexander OvechkinSpent entire NHL career with team 2009–10[32] LW
Winnipeg Jets Blake Wheeler 2016–17[33] RW

Alternate captains[change | change source]

Evgeni Malkin, the longest tenured alternate captain in the NHL, and alternate captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins since 2008
Duncan Keith, alternate captain of the Chicago Blackhawks since 2008
Nicklas Backstrom, alternate captain of the Washington Capitals since 2010

Thirty of the thirty-one NHL teams have named at least the regulation two alternate captains. The one team having less than the regulation two named alternate captains is the Buffalo Sabres. Of the eighty alternate captains, forty-nine of them have been with their team for entire career. Teams that have named more than the regulation two alternate captains, excluding those without a captain, are required to rotate the two "A"s between those players by methods of their choosing. The current longest-tenured alternate captain in the League is Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who has served in the role since October 3, 2008.

List of current NHL alternate captains
Team Alternate captain(s) Since Pos
Anaheim Ducks Ryan Kesler 2015–16 C
Josh MansonSpent entire NHL career with team 2019–20 D
Jakob Silfverberg 2019–20 RW
Arizona Coyotes Niklas Hjalmarsson 2017–18[34] D
Phil Kessel 2019–20 RW
Boston Bruins David KrejciSpent entire NHL career with team 2013–14[35] C
Brad MarchandSpent entire NHL career with team 2020–21 RW
Buffalo Sabres Jake McCabespent entire career with NHL team 2019–20 D
Kyle Okposo 2020–21 RW
Calgary Flames Mikael Backlundspent entire career with NHL team 2018–19 C
Sean Monahanspent entire career with NHL team 2015–16 C
Matthew Tkachukspent entire career with NHL team 2018–19 LW
Carolina Hurricanes Jordan Martinook 2019–20[36] C
Jaccob SlavinSpent entire NHL career with team 2019–20[37] D
Chicago Blackhawks Patrick KaneSpent entire NHL career with team 2019–20 RW
Duncan KeithSpent entire NHL career with team 2008–09[38] D
Brent SeabrookSpent entire NHL career with team 2015–16[39] 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[40] LW
Boone JennerSpent entire NHL career with team 2015–16 C
Seth Jones 2018–19[41] D
Dallas Stars
Blake Comeau 2019–20[42] RW
John KlingbergSpent entire NHL career with team 2017–18 D
Esa LindellSpent entire NHL career with team 2019–20 D
Tyler Seguin 2017–18 C
Detroit Red Wings Luke GlendeningSpent entire NHL career with team 2019–20 C
Frans Nielsen 2018–19 C
Edmonton Oilers
Leon DraisaitlSpent entire NHL career with team 2019–20[43] C
Adam Larsson 2017–18[44] D
Ryan Nugent-HopkinsSpent entire NHL career with team 2015–16[45] C
Darnell NurseSpent entire NHL career with team 2019–20[46] D
Florida Panthers
Aaron Ekblad Spent entire NHL career with team 2016–17 D
Jonathan Huberdeau Spent entire NHL career with team 2018–19 LW
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[47] LW
Ryan Suter 2012–13[47] D
Montreal Canadiens Paul Byron 2018–19[48] LW
Brendan GallagherSpent entire NHL career with team 2015–16[49] 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
Nico HischierSpent entire NHL career with team 2019–20 C
Kyle Palmieri 2017–18 C
Damon SeversonSpent entire NHL career with team 2020–21 D
Travis ZajacSpent entire NHL career with team 2013–14 C
New York Islanders
Josh BaileySpent entire NHL career with team 2018–19 RW
Cal Clutterbuck 2016–17[50] RW
New York Rangers
Chris KreiderSpent entire NHL career with team 2017–18 LW
Artemi Panarin 2020–21 LW
Jacob Trouba 2020–21 D
Mika Zibanejad 2018–19 C
Ottawa Senators
Thomas ChabotSpent entire NHL career with team 2019–20 D
Erik Gudbranson 2020–21 D
Brady TkachukSpent entire NHL career with team 2020–21 LW
Philadelphia Flyers
Sean CouturierSpent entire NHL career with team 2018–19 C
Kevin Hayes 2019–20[51] C
Ivan ProvorovSpent entire NHL career with team 2020–21[52] D
Jakub Voracek 2018–19[53] RW
Pittsburgh Penguins Kris LetangSpent entire NHL career with team 2017–18 D
Evgeni MalkinSpent entire NHL career with team 2008–09[54] C
San Jose Sharks
Brent Burns 2019–20 D
Tomas HertlSpent entire NHL career with team 2019–20 C
Erik Karlsson 2019–20 D
Patrick Marleau 2020–21 LW
St. Louis Blues
Colton ParaykoSpent entire NHL career with team 2020–21 D
Brayden Schenn 2020–21 C
Vladimir TarasenkoSpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17 RW
Tampa Bay Lightning Victor HedmanSpent entire NHL career with team 2017–18 D
Ryan McDonagh 2018–19 D
Toronto Maple Leafs
Mitch MarnerSpent entire NHL career with team 2019–20 RW
Auston MatthewsSpent entire NHL career with team 2019–20 C
Morgan RiellySpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17 D
Vancouver Canucks Alexander EdlerSpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17 D
Brandon Sutter 2016–17 C
Vegas Golden Knights
Alex Pietrangelo 2020–21 D
Reilly Smith 2017–18 RW
Washington Capitals Nicklas BackstromSpent entire NHL career with team 2010–11 C
John CarlsonSpent entire NHL career with team 2019–20[55] D
Winnipeg Jets
Josh MorrisseySpent entire NHL career with team 2019–20 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.

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