Canucks name Henrik Sedin captain
Henrik Sedin was introduced as the new captain of the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night before the team took on the Los Angeles Kings.
Sedin, 30, last season become the first from the franchise to win the Art Ross Trophy as top NHL scorer and the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league's most valuable player. He set career highs with 83 assists and 112 points.
"Henrik Sedin embodies the principles of this organization and all of the qualities of a leader through his honesty, integrity and discipline" Canucks general manager Mike Gillis said in a statement. "Henrik is an exemplary leader who inspires teammates with a work ethic and desire to continually evolve his game. We are proud to name him as team captain."
He was greeted with a loud ovation at the culmination of pre-game introductions at Rogers Arena that celebrated the 40th anniversary of the franchise.
The Swede was presented with his new jersey, bearing the letter "C," by Orland Kurtenbach, Vancouver's first captain in 1970.
Sedin and his twin brother, Daniel, have each played over 700 games for Vancouver since the club selected them in the first round of the 1999 NHL entry draft.
Sedin becomes the 11th man to be sole captain of the Canucks. The club had a temporary captain system of three players in 1990-91 before one of them, Trevor Linden, took over for several seasons.
The alternate captains for the team will be his brother, Ryan Kesler, Kevin Bieksa, and first-year Canuck Manny Malhotra.
"I have great respect for the captains who led the team before me and feel privileged to know them or have played alongside them during their careers as Canucks," Henrik said in the team's statement. "With the support of Daniel, Ryan, Kevin and Manny I look forward to leading this team."
Sedin succeeds Roberto Luongo, who was captain for two seasons. Luongo was the first goaltender to serve as captain of an NHL club in over 60 years, but the Canucks decided before training camp to go back to giving the assignment to a skater.
Sedin served as one of the assistants when Luongo was captain.