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Encyclopedia > Captain (hockey)

In ice hockey each team has a designated captain. In NHL rules the only official duty of a captain is as the only player who is allowed to talk with referees about rule interpretations or poor calls.


The more important role of the captain, however, is team leadership. In hockey team cohesion is essential for success and along with the coach the captain plays an integral role in this. The team captain must motivate other players, resolve disputes, help integrate new team mates, educated younger players and many other tasks.


There are two methods of choosing a team captain. In most teams it is a selection by the team management and coaching staff. In some teams, however, the captain is chosen by a vote among the players.


Captains are usually veterans with some years of play. Captains are also almost always some of the most skilled players and low scoring players rarely become team captains.


Making a poor decision as to the teams captain can often hurt a team and the player. Being a team captain is a heavy mental burden. An example of a poor choice of captain was the decision to make jerseys.

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  • List of Team Canada captains



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Captain (hockey) - definition of Captain (hockey) in Encyclopedia (300 words)
In NHL rules the only official duty of a captain is as the only player who is allowed to talk with referees about rule interpretations or poor calls.
Captains are also almost always some of the most skilled players and low scoring players rarely become team captains.
An example of a poor choice of captain was the decision to make Vincent Lecavalier when still a very young player, many felt that the decision severely harmed his play until the responsibilities were removed after two years.
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