Tra­di­tion-rich teams no longer giv­ing out the ‘C’

Detroit, Ot­tawa, Toronto, Van­cou­ver, Ve­gas and Rangers only teams with­out cap­tain

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Hen­rik and Daniel Sedin were Van­cou­ver main­stays for 18 years, and while it was Hen­rik who for­mally wore the “C” on his chest as the team cap­tain for eight sea­sons, the two shared the priv­i­lege and the bur­den of be­ing the twin faces of the Canucks.

In a first sea­son with­out them, Van­cou­ver gen­eral man­ager Jim Ben­ning just didn’t think his young, re­build­ing team was com­pletely ready to re­place them, and he didn’t feel it was right to make one player the pub­lic voice of the locker room just yet.

Rather than award one player a “C” so soon after the Sedins’ re­tire­ment, four play­ers — Alex Edler, Bo Hor­vat, Bran­don Sut­ter and Chris Tanev — wear an “A” as as­sis­tant cap­tains, shar­ing a lead­er­ship re­spon­si­bil­ity that can of­ten be too heavy for one player

alone.

“Be­ing a Cana­dian team in a Cana­dian mar­ket­place, I feel that there’s a lot of ex­tra re­spon­si­bil­ity on a cap­tain,” Ben­ning said. “We have a lot of good vet­eran lead­er­ship in our group, and we felt like we’re go­ing to just go with the as­sis­tant cap­tains this year.”

Six NHL teams — Detroit,

Ot­tawa, Toronto, Van­cou­ver, Ve­gas and the New York Rangers — are cur­rently with­out one, and last sea­son, four teams didn’t have cap­tains; the Hur­ri­canes had co-cap­tains, which the team changed this off-sea­son in favour of award­ing Justin Wil­liams the “C,” de­spite him ap­proach­ing un­re­stricted free

agency at the end of this sea­son.

With sev­eral tra­di­tion-rich teams from the NHL’s Orig­i­nal Six among the group em­brac­ing a cap­tain less sea­son, could the sport one day go the way of oth­ers and do away with award­ing one player a “C”?

DAR­RYL DYCK/AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS FILE PHOTO

Since the de­par­ture of Hen­rik, left, and Daniel Sedin, the Canucks have de­cided to go with four al­ter­nates in­stead of nam­ing a cap­tain.

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