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

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

StarMetro Halifax - - SPORTS - Is­abelle Khurshudyan THE WASH­ING­TON POST

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

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