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The captain can be identified by the large "C" on their jersey.

The National Hockey League (NHL) is a professional ice hockey league with of 30 teams, founded in 1917. Each team can select a captain, who has the "sole privilege of discussing with the Referee any questions relating to interpretation of rules which may arise during the progress of a game".[1][2] Each team is also allowed to pick alternate captains, who work when the captain is not on the ice.[1] Captains have to wear the letter "C" on their uniform to show who they are; alternate captains wear the letter "A". Both letters are 3 inches (7.6 cm) in height.[1]

Some teams in the NHL do not have a captain, because they do not want one or from injury to the captain. Rule 6.2 of the 2008–09 Official NHL Rulebook says that "[only] when the Captain is not in uniform, the Coach shall have the right to designate three Alternate Captains. This must be done prior to the start of the game."[1] The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens, theough they are the oldest franchises do not have any captains, instead they have three alternate captains.[3][4][5] Many NHL teams with a captain select more than two alternate captains and change who wears the "A" for different games during the season.[6]

Goaltenders are not allowed to be captains during games.[1] This rule was made in 1948 after teams did not like that it took Montreal Canadiens goaltender Bill Durnan too long to skate to talk with the officials and back to his crease.[7] However, Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo was the team's captain, but because of the NHL rule against goaltender captains, the league did not allow Luongo to act as captain on-ice.[8] Because of this, the Canucks were allowed to have three alternate captains in games, instead of two that most teams have.[8] Two (of the three) alternate captains took care of Luongo's on-ice work: Willie Mitchell (then alternate captain) talked to the officials.[8] Luongo was not allowed to wear the "C" on his jersey, but it was part of the artwork on the front of his mask.[7] Other than Durnan and Luongo, five other goaltenders have been captain o their team: John Ross Roach of the Toronto St. Patricks, George Hainsworth of the Montreal Canadiens, Roy Worters of the New York Americans, Alex Connell of the Ottawa Senators, and Charlie Gardiner of the Chicago Black Hawks.[9]

Jonathan Toews, captain of the Chicago Blackhawks, is the third-youngest player to be named captain of a team in NHL history.[10] Only Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Vincent Lecavalier of the Tampa Bay Lightning—both NHL captains right now—were younger than Toews when first named as captain.[10] In 1984, Brian Bellows was named temporary captain of the Minnesota North Stars when Craig Hartsburg was hurt, and is the youngest player to captain a team in NHL history. However, because he was only the temporary captain, Sidney Crosby is the youngest permanent captain in NHL history.[11]


Zdeno Chara, captain of the Boston Bruins
Team Captain Alternate Captain(s) Reference(s)
Anaheim Ducks Ryan Getzlaf Corey Perry
François Beauchemin
Boston Bruins Zdeno Chara Patrice Bergeron [12][13]
Chris Kelly
David Krejci
Buffalo Sabres Brian Gionta Matt Moulson [14]
Josh Gorges
Calgary Flames Mark Giordano Vacant [15]
Curtis Glencross
Carolina Hurricanes Eric Staal Vacant [16]
Jordan Staal
Chicago Blackhawks Jonathan Toews Duncan Keith [17]
Patrick Sharp
Colorado Avalanche Gabriel Landeskog Cody McLeod [18]
Paul Stastny
Columbus Blue Jackets Vacant Jared Boll [19]
Brandon Dubinsky
Jack Johnson
Mark Letestu
Dallas Stars Jamie Benn Stephane Robidas [20]
Ray Whitney
Detroit Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg Pavel Datsyuk [21]
Niklas Kronwall
Edmonton Oilers Andrew Ference Jordan Eberle [22][23][24]
Sam Gagner
Taylor Hall
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Nick Schultz
Ryan Smyth
Florida Panthers vacant Brian Campbell [25]
Los Angeles Kings Dustin Brown Matt Greene [26]
Anze Kopitar
Minnesota Wild Mikko Koivu Zach Parise [27]
Ryan Suter
Montreal Canadiens Vacant Tomas Plekanec [28]
Max Pacioretty
P.K. Subban
Andrei Markov
Nashville Predators Shea Weber Mike Fisher [29]
Patric Hornqvist
New Jersey Devils Bryce Salvador Patrik Elias [30][31]
Andy Greene
Travis Zajac
New York Islanders John Tavares Andrew MacDonald [32]
Kyle Okposo
New York Rangers Marty St. Louis [33]
Marc Staal
Ottawa Senators Jason Spezza Chris Neil [34]
Chris Phillips
Philadelphia Flyers Claude Giroux [35]
Kimmo Timonen
Phoenix Coyotes Shane Doan Martin Hanzal [36]
Keith Yandle
Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby [Kris Letang]] [37]
Evgeni Malkin
St. Louis Blues David Backes Barret Jackman [38]
T.J. Oshie
Alex Pietrangelo
Alexander Steen
San Jose Sharks Joe Thornton [39]
Patrick Marleau
Tampa Bay Lightning Steven Stamkos Matt Carle [40]
Eric Brewer
Valtarie Fillpula
Toronto Maple Leafs Dion Phaneuf Joffrey Lupul [3]
Jay McClement
Vancouver Canucks Henrik Sedin Kevin Bieksa [41]
Daniel Sedin
Washington Capitals Alexander Ovechkin Nicklas Backstrom [42]
Mike Green
Brooks Laich
Winnipeg Jets Andrew Ladd Olli Jokinen [43]
Mark Stuart

this list was updated July 3rd 2014, but not for all teams


  • a  Player is currently on the injured reserve list
  • b  Player is injured and expected to miss the remainder of the season.


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