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Phaneuf to be named new Leafs captain

The Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to unveil Dion Phaneuf as the 17th captain in club history on Monday.

Will follow Mats Sundin as wearer of the C

The Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to unveil Dion Phaneuf as the 17th captain in club history on Monday.

The Toronto Star has reported that the Maple Leafs — who announced they would be holding the press conference on Monday to make a 'special announcement' and unveil a new team sweater — have chosen the 25-year-old defenceman to hold the captaincy.

Phaneuf — acquired by Toronto in a seven-player deal with the Calgary Flames on Jan. 31 —  made an immediate impression with head coach Ron Wilson.

Wilson, seemingly impressed with Phaneuf's leadership, was quoted on the matter in March, saying "[Phaneuf]'s very demanding of his teammates to practice hard, too, so they all kind of fall in line."

The team has been without a captain since the departure of Mats Sundin following the 2007-2008 season.

Phaneuf, of Edmonton, has two goals, eight assists and 34 PIM in 26 games with the Maple Leafs.