Max Pacioretty named Canadiens' captain
Star forward voted in by teammates
Max Pacioretty is the new captain of the Montreal Canadiens.
The high-scoring forward won a vote by his fellow players to become the 29th captain in franchise history, the team announced Friday.
P.K. Subban, Andrei Markov, Tomas Plekanec and Brendan Gallagher will serve as alternate captains, the Canadiens said.
"To have the support of my teammates was one of the top feelings of my life," said Pacioretty, who opened the news conference to announce his captaincy by saying in French that those four players would also have been good choices for the role.
Montreal did not have a captain last season, instead going with several alternates, including Pacioretty, Subban, Markov and Plekanec.
Pacioretty, 26, is heading into his eighth NHL season, all with Montreal. He led the Canadiens in points each of the last four years, and topped them in goals the last three.
Last season Pacioretty had 37 goals and 30 assists in 80 regular-season games. He added another five goals and two assists in 11 playoff games as Montreal reached the second round.
The native of New Canaan, Conn., becomes the third U.S.-born player to wear the "C" on his jersey in team history, following Brian Gionta (2010-14) and Chris Chelios, who was a co-captain with Guy Carbonneau in 1989-90.
Pacioretty won the Bill Masterton trophy in 2012 as the "player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey" after coming back from a devastating hit delivered by Boston's Zdeno Chara that left Pacioretty with a concussion and a fractured vertebra.