When the Gr8 takes the ice tonight against the Montreal Canadians he will be sporting some new hardware on his right shoulder, a captain’s “C.”
Ovechkin was selected by Head Coach Bruce Boudreau and GMGM as the 14th captain in team history. He is the second youngest Cap to ever have the honor, with the only one younger being Ryan Walter who was 21. Along with being the second youngest in franchise history he is also only the sixth Russian born player to have the honor and one of only two active Russian captains.
“He sets the tone, on the ice as well as off,” McPhee said. “He’s respectful to everyone and a great ambassador for our team and our sport. We look forward to him leading the Washington Capitals for a long time.”
Several other former Captains and other Caps greats have endorsed his selection. Former captains Dale Hunter, Jeff Halpern and Yvon Labre all said nothing but positive things about Ovie and his leadership. A common theme was his energy on and off the ice and his desire to put the team before himself.
The captaincy was left vacant when former captain Chris Clark and defenseman Milan Jurcina were traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets for winger Jason Chimera. After the trade both GMGM and Boudreau both said they were going to take their time to name a captain and make sure they did it correctly. Both stated that they wanted to honor captains of the past and name someone that was truly worthy.