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Encyclopedia > Captain (ice hockey)
Jarome Iginla wears the "C" on his jersey as captain of the Calgary Flames.

In ice hockey, each team has a designated captain, who wears a "C" on his or her jersey. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (917x964, 85 KB) Summary Jarome Iginla of the Calgary Flames, December 21, 2005 Licensing File links The following pages link to this file: Jarome Iginla ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (917x964, 85 KB) Summary Jarome Iginla of the Calgary Flames, December 21, 2005 Licensing File links The following pages link to this file: Jarome Iginla ... Jarome Arthur-Leigh Adekunle Tig Junior Elvis Iginla [1], commonly known as Jarome Iginla, (born July 1, 1977 in St. ... The Calgary Flames are a professional hockey team based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and play out of the Pengrowth Saddledome. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ...

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Responsibilities and importance

According to International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and National Hockey League (NHL) rules, the only player allowed to speak with referees about rule interpretations is the captain, or, if the captain is not on the ice, an alternate captain.[1][2] Goaltenders may not be designated as captains or alternate captains because of the logistical challenges of having the goaltender relay rules discussions between referees and coaches and then return to the crease. The last NHL goaltender who served as team captain prior to this rule coming into effect was Bill Durnan of the Montreal Canadiens in the 1947-1948 season. The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) was founded in 1908 as the Ligue Internationale de Hockey sur Glace and is the worldwide governing body for ice hockey and in-line hockey. ... NHL redirects here. ... American Hockey League referee Dean Morton In ice hockey, an official is a person who has some responsibility in enforcing the rules or maintaining the order of the game. ... William Ronald (Bill) Durnan (born January 22, 1916 in Toronto, Ontario - October 31, 1972) was a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who played for the Montreal Canadiens in the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The Montreal Canadiens (French: ) are a professional mens ice hockey team based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ...


Although the rules do not specify any other distinction between the captain and his teammates, in North American professional hockey he has numerous responsibilities to the team. The captain is expected to be a locker room leader and is often considered the primary representative of his team to the public. The captain also represents the players' concerns to management and sometimes is responsible for organizing the team's social functions.


Captains are selected by team management; some teams hold a vote among the players to choose the team's captain. Captains are usually veteran players, though on occasion younger players are chosen. The selection is often seen as an important moment for a team, and one that can affect the team's (and newly appointed captain's) performance.


NHL teams need not designate the same player as captain from game to game, though most teams do. Some teams name two (co-captains) or three (tri-captains) captains for a season. Some teams rotate captains rather than keep one for an extended period of time. Note during each NHL game, only one player can officially be designated as captain.[2] The Buffalo Sabres are a professional ice hockey team based in Buffalo, New York. ... The Calgary Flames are a professional hockey team based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and play out of the Pengrowth Saddledome. ... The Minnesota Wild are a professional ice hockey team based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. ...


Alternate captains

Luc Robitaille, 2005: the "A" is also placed on the player's left, though sometimes on the right, like the captain

Teams may designate alternate captains, who are sometimes referred to erroneously as "assistant captains". Alternate captains wear the letter A on their jerseys in the same manner that team captains wear the C. In the NHL, teams may appoint two alternate captains if they have a captain, or they may appoint three alternate captains and no captain.[3] International rules stipulate that "each team shall appoint a Captain and no more than two Alternate Captains."[1] When the captain is off the ice, any alternate captain on the ice is responsible for fulfilling the captain's official role as liaison to the referees. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (420x840, 37 KB) Summary Luc Robitaille of the Los Angeles Kings, December 21, 2005 Licensing File links The following pages link to this file: Luc Robitaille ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (420x840, 37 KB) Summary Luc Robitaille of the Los Angeles Kings, December 21, 2005 Licensing File links The following pages link to this file: Luc Robitaille ... Luc Robitaille playing for the Los Angeles Kings on December 21, 2005 Lucky Luc Robitaille (born February 17, 1966 in Montréal, Québec, Canada) is a retired professional ice hockey player. ... The modernized NHL shield logo was introduced for the 2005-06 season. ...


Teams need not appoint the same players as alternate captains from game to game, though they generally do. NHL alternate captains perform many of the same leadership and team building roles as the captain.


Records

The youngest captain in NHL history is Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who became captain on May 31, 2007 at 19 years, 244 days.[4] The longest-serving NHL captain was Steve Yzerman, who captained the Detroit Red Wings for nearly twenty years (1986-87 season to 2005-06 season).[5] Sidney Patrick Crosby (born August 7, 1987) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player and captain of the NHLs Pittsburgh Penguins. ... The Pittsburgh Penguins are a professional ice hockey team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... Stephen Gregory Yzerman (born May 9, 1965, in Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada) is a former professional hockey player who played his entire career with the Detroit Red Wings. ... The Detroit Red Wings are a professional ice hockey team based in Detroit, Michigan. ...


Lists of current captains

The following players have been officially named as captains & alternate captains of their National Hockey League (NHL) teams. ... NHL redirects here. ... The following players have been officially named as captains of their American Hockey League (AHL) teams. ... The American Hockey League (AHL) is a professional ice hockey league in North America, that serves as the primary developmental circuit for the National Hockey League (NHL). ...

Footnotes

  1. ^ a b International Ice Hockey Federation. IIHF Official Rules (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved on 2007-10-20.
  2. ^ a b National Hockey League (2007). National Hockey League Official Rules (PDF). Triumph Books. Retrieved on 2007-10-20.
  3. ^ Rule 14 Captain of Team. Retrieved on 2007-09-15.
  4. ^ Molinari, Dave. "Crosby to be youngest team captain in NHL", Pittsburgh Post Gazette, 2007-05-31. Retrieved on 2007-09-15. 
  5. ^ Steve Yzerman. NHL.com. Retrieved on 2007-09-16.

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International

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See also

Positions on the Hockey Rink
Forwards:
Left winger | Centre | Right winger
Defencemen:
Left defenceman | Right defenceman
Goaltender:
Goaltender
Power forward | Enforcer | Captain | Head coach | Referee & linesman

 
 

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