Phaneuf to be named new Leafs captain
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.