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Sidney Crosby, captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins since 2007

The National Hockey League (NHL) is a professional ice hockey league with 31 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. 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] Many NHL teams with a captain select more than two alternate captains and change who wears the "A" for different games during the season.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5] Because of this, the Canucks were allowed to have three alternate captains in games, instead of two that most teams have.[5] Two (of the three) alternate captains took care of Luongo's on-ice work: Willie Mitchell (then alternate captain) talked to the officials.[5] Luongo was not allowed to wear the "C" on his jersey, but it was part of the artwork on the front of his mask.[4] 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.[6]

When Connor McDavid was named captain of the Edmonton Oilers, he became the youngest permanent captain in NHL history. Gabriel Landeskog of the Colorado Avalanche and Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, are the second- and third-youngest players to be named captain in NHL history, respectively. In 1984, Brian Bellows was named interim captain of the Minnesota North Stars when Craig Hartsburg was injured, and is the youngest player to captain a team in NHL history. However, because Bellows served only on an interim basis, McDavid retains the distinction of being the youngest permanent captain in the League's history. Mark Messier is the only player to captain two separate teams to Stanley Cup championships, those being the 1990Edmonton Oilers and the 1994 New York Rangers. Sidney Crosby also became the youngest captain to win the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009. The oldest permanent captain in league history was Mark Messier of the New York Rangers, who turned 43 years old, during his last NHL season, 2003–04. The longest tenure in league history was Steve Yzerman of the Detroit Red Wings, who served as captain of the Red Wings for (nineteen seasons) twenty years.

Key

      Spent entire NHL career with team

Position abbreviations
Abbreviation Definition
C Centre
LW Left wing
RW Right Wing
D Defenceman

Captains

Jonathan Toews, captain of the Chicago Blackhawks since 2008
Alexander Ovechkin, captain of the Washington Capitals since 2010
Ryan Getzlaf, captain of the Anaheim Ducks since 2010

Twenty-six of the thirty-one NHL teams currently have a captain. The five teams without a captain are the Detroit Red Wings, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, and the Vegas Golden Knights. Of the twenty-six captains, twenty of them have been with their team for their entire career. The current longest-tenured captain in the League is Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who has served in the role since May 31, 2007.

List of current NHL Captains
Team Captain Since Pos
Anaheim Ducks Getzlaf, RyanRyan GetzlafSpent entire NHL career with team 2010–11[7] C
Arizona Coyotes Ekman-Larsson, OliverOliver Ekman-LarssonSpent entire NHL career with team 2018–19[8] D
Boston Bruins Bergeron, PatricePatrice BergeronSpent entire NHL career with team 2020–21[9] C
Buffalo Sabres Eichel, JackJack EichelSpent entire NHL career with team 2018–19[10] C
Calgary Flames Giordano, MarkMark GiordanoSpent entire NHL career with team 2013–14[11] D
Carolina Hurricanes Jordan Staal 2019–20[12] C
Chicago Blackhawks Toews, JonathanJonathan ToewsSpent entire NHL career with team 2008–09[13] C
Colorado Avalanche Landeskog, GabrielGabriel LandeskogSpent entire NHL career with team 2012–13[14] LW
Columbus Blue Jackets Foligno, NickNick Foligno 2015–16[15] LW/C
Dallas Stars Benn, JamieJamie BennSpent entire NHL career with team 2013–14[16] LW
Detroit Red Wings Larkin, DylanDylan LarkinSpent entire NHL career with team 2020–21[17] C
Edmonton Oilers McDavid, ConnorConnor McDavidSpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17 C
Florida Panthers Barkov, AleksanderAleksander BarkovSpent entire NHL career with team 2018–19[18] C
Los Angeles Kings Kopitar, AnzeAnze KopitarSpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17[19] C
Minnesota Wild Spurgeon, JaredJared SpurgeonSpent entire NHL career with team 2020–21[20] D
Montreal Canadiens Shea Weber 2018–19[21] D
Nashville Predators Roman JosiSpent entire NHL career with team 2017–18[22] D
New Jersey Devils Vacant 2019–20
New York Islanders Anders LeeSpent entire NHL career with team 2018–19[23] LW
New York Rangers Vacant 2017–18
Ottawa Senators Vacant 2018–19
Philadelphia Flyers Giroux, ClaudeClaude GirouxSpent entire NHL career with team 2012–13[24] C
Pittsburgh Penguins Crosby, SidneySidney CrosbySpent entire NHL career with team 2007–08[25] C
San Jose Sharks Couture, LoganLogan CoutureSpent entire NHL career with team 2019–20[26] C
St. Louis Blues Ryan O'Reilly 2020–21[27] C
Tampa Bay Lightning Stamkos, StevenSteven StamkosSpent entire NHL career with team 2013–14[28] C
Toronto Maple Leafs John Tavares 2019–20[29] C
Vancouver Canucks Horvat, BoBo HorvatSpent entire NHL career with team 2019–20[30] C
Vegas Golden Knights Stone, MarkMark Stone 2020–21[31] RW
Washington Capitals Ovechkin, AlexanderAlexander OvechkinSpent entire NHL career with team 2009–10[32] LW
Winnipeg Jets Wheeler, BlakeBlake Wheeler 2016–17[33] RW

Alternate captains

Evgeni Malkin, the longest tenured alternate captain in the NHL, and alternate captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins since 2008
Duncan Keith, alternate captain of the Chicago Blackhawks since 2008
Nicklas Backstrom, alternate captain of the Washington Capitals since 2010

Thirty of the thirty-one NHL teams have named at least the regulation two alternate captains. The one team having less than the regulation two named alternate captains is the Buffalo Sabres. Of the eighty alternate captains, forty-nine of them have been with their team for entire career. Teams that have named more than the regulation two alternate captains, excluding those without a captain, are required to rotate the two "A"s between those players by methods of their choosing. The current longest-tenured alternate captain in the League is Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who has served in the role since October 3, 2008.

List of current NHL alternate captains
Team Alternate captain(s) Since Pos
Anaheim Ducks Kesler, RyanRyan Kesler 2015–16 C
Manson, JoshJosh MansonSpent entire NHL career with team 2019–20 D
Silfverberg, JakobJakob Silfverberg 2019–20 RW
Arizona Coyotes Hjalmarsson, NiklasNiklas Hjalmarsson 2017–18[34] D
Kessel, PhilPhil Kessel 2019–20 RW
Boston Bruins Krejci, DavidDavid KrejciSpent entire NHL career with team 2013–14[35] C
Marchand, BradBrad MarchandSpent entire NHL career with team 2020–21 RW
Buffalo Sabres McCabe, JakeJake McCabespent entire career with NHL team 2019–20 D
Okposo, KyleKyle Okposo 2020–21 RW
Calgary Flames Backlund, MikaelMikael Backlundspent entire career with NHL team 2018–19 C
Monahan, SeanSean Monahanspent entire career with NHL team 2015–16 C
Matthew Tkachukspent entire career with NHL team 2018–19 LW
Carolina Hurricanes Martinook, JordanJordan Martinook 2019–20[36] C
Slavin, JaccobJaccob SlavinSpent entire NHL career with team 2019–20[37] D
Chicago Blackhawks Kane, PatrickPatrick KaneSpent entire NHL career with team 2019–20 RW
Keith, DuncanDuncan KeithSpent entire NHL career with team 2008–09[38] D
Seabrook, BrentBrent SeabrookSpent entire NHL career with team 2015–16[39] D
Colorado Avalanche
Johnson, ErikErik Johnson 2017–18 D
MacKinnon, NathanNathan MacKinnonSpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17 C
Columbus Blue Jackets
Atkinson, CamCam AtkinsonSpent entire NHL career with team 2018–19[40] LW
Jenner, BooneBoone JennerSpent entire NHL career with team 2015–16 C
Jones, SethSeth Jones 2018–19[41] D
Dallas Stars
Comeau, BlakeBlake Comeau 2019–20[42] RW
Klingberg, JohnJohn KlingbergSpent entire NHL career with team 2017–18 D
Lindell, EsaEsa LindellSpent entire NHL career with team 2019–20 D
Seguin, TylerTyler Seguin 2017–18 C
Detroit Red Wings Glendening, LukeLuke GlendeningSpent entire NHL career with team 2019–20 C
Nielsen, FransFrans Nielsen 2018–19 C
Edmonton Oilers
Draisaitl, LeonLeon DraisaitlSpent entire NHL career with team 2019–20[43] C
Larsson, AdamAdam Larsson 2017–18[44] D
Nugent-Hopkins, RyanRyan Nugent-HopkinsSpent entire NHL career with team 2015–16[45] C
Nurse, DarnellDarnell NurseSpent entire NHL career with team 2019–20[46] D
Florida Panthers
Ekblad, AaronAaron Ekblad Spent entire NHL career with team 2016–17 D
Huberdeau, JonathanJonathan Huberdeau Spent entire NHL career with team 2018–19 LW
Yandle, KeithKeith Yandle 2017–18 D
Los Angeles Kings Carter, JeffJeff Carter 2015–16 C/RW
Doughty, DrewDrew DoughtySpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17 D
Minnesota Wild Parise, ZachZach Parise 2012–13[47] LW
Suter, RyanRyan Suter 2012–13[47] D
Montreal Canadiens Byron, PaulPaul Byron 2018–19[48] LW
Gallagher, BrendanBrendan GallagherSpent entire NHL career with team 2015–16[49] RW
Nashville Predators
Ekholm, MattiasMattias EkholmSpent entire NHL career with team 2017–18 D
Ellis, RyanRyan EllisSpent entire NHL career with team 2017–18 D
Forsberg, FilipFilip ForsbergSpent entire NHL career with team 2017–18 LW
Johansen, RyanRyan Johansen 2017–18 C
New Jersey Devils
Hischier, NicoNico HischierSpent entire NHL career with team 2019–20 C
Palmieri, KyleKyle Palmieri 2017–18 C
Severson, DamonDamon SeversonSpent entire NHL career with team 2020–21 D
Zajac, TravisTravis ZajacSpent entire NHL career with team 2013–14 C
New York Islanders
Bailey, JoshJosh BaileySpent entire NHL career with team 2018–19 RW
Clutterbuck, CalCal Clutterbuck 2016–17[50] RW
New York Rangers
Kreider, ChrisChris KreiderSpent entire NHL career with team 2017–18 LW
Panarin, ArtemiArtemi Panarin 2020–21 LW
Trouba, JacobJacob Trouba 2020–21 D
Zibanejad, MikaMika Zibanejad 2018–19 C
Ottawa Senators
Chabot, ThomasThomas ChabotSpent entire NHL career with team 2019–20 D
Gudbranson, ErikErik Gudbranson 2020–21 D
Tkachuk, BradyBrady TkachukSpent entire NHL career with team 2020–21 LW
Philadelphia Flyers
Couturier, SeanSean CouturierSpent entire NHL career with team 2018–19 C
Hayes, KevinKevin Hayes 2019–20[51] C
Provorov, IvanIvan ProvorovSpent entire NHL career with team 2020–21[52] D
Voracek, JakubJakub Voracek 2018–19[53] RW
Pittsburgh Penguins Letang, KrisKris LetangSpent entire NHL career with team 2017–18 D
Malkin, EvgeniEvgeni MalkinSpent entire NHL career with team 2008–09[54] C
San Jose Sharks
Burns, BrentBrent Burns 2019–20 D
Hertl, TomasTomas HertlSpent entire NHL career with team 2019–20 C
Karlsson, ErikErik Karlsson 2019–20 D
Marleau, PatrickPatrick Marleau 2020–21 LW
St. Louis Blues
Colton ParaykoSpent entire NHL career with team 2020–21 D
Brayden Schenn 2020–21 C
Tarasenko, VladimirVladimir TarasenkoSpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17 RW
Tampa Bay Lightning Hedman, VictorVictor HedmanSpent entire NHL career with team 2017–18 D
McDonagh, RyanRyan McDonagh 2018–19 D
Toronto Maple Leafs
Marner, MitchMitch MarnerSpent entire NHL career with team 2019–20 RW
Matthews, AustonAuston MatthewsSpent entire NHL career with team 2019–20 C
Rielly, MorganMorgan RiellySpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17 D
Vancouver Canucks Alexander EdlerSpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17 D
Brandon Sutter 2016–17 C
Vegas Golden Knights
Pietrangelo, AlexAlex Pietrangelo 2020–21 D
Smith, ReillyReilly Smith 2017–18 RW
Washington Capitals Backstrom, NicklasNicklas BackstromSpent entire NHL career with team 2010–11 C
Carlson, JohnJohn CarlsonSpent entire NHL career with team 2019–20[55] D
Winnipeg Jets
Morrissey, JoshJosh MorrisseySpent entire NHL career with team 2019–20 D
Scheifele, MarkMark ScheifeleSpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17 C

Notes

  • 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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