Tradition-rich teams no longer giving out the ‘C’
Detroit, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Vegas and Rangers only teams without captain
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.
Six NHL teams — Detroit, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Vegas and the New York Rangers — are currently without one. More at thestar.com/sports
Since the departure of Henrik, left, and Daniel Sedin, the Canucks have decided to go with four alternates instead of naming a captain. DARRYL DYCK/ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO