Found September 04, 2012 on
The Mark Graham Sports Blog:
Colorado Avalanche coach Joe Sacco has named reigning Calder Trophy winner Gabriel Landeskog captain of the Avalanche and the youngest captain in NHL history.
Landeskog supplants Sidney Crosby as youngest captain in NHL history by eleven days. Landeskog is 19 years, 286 days old.
Last season, Landeskog led the team in both hits and goals as he won the Calder Memorial Trophy awarded to the top rookie in the NHL. Landeskog fits the mold of a captain, he is a tough and talented player who sacrifices himself to help the team win games.
This isn't Landeskog first time as a captain, he was captain of the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League. He was the first European captain in team history.
Landeskog will become the fourth captain for the Avalanche since the team moved from Quebec City, joining Joe Sakic, Adam Foote, and Milan Hejduk. Hejduk was the team captain last season, but stepped down from that position and will now serve as an alternate captain alongside Paul Stastny.
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According the Colorado Avalanche’s official website, they have chosen a new captain. The honor has been bestowed upon 19-year, 286-day old Gabriel Landeskog, last year’s Calder Trophy winner as NHL Rookie of the Year.
Landeskog is not only the youngest captain in team history, but the youngest captain in NHL history. Colorado selected the Swedish left winger with the second overall...
DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that forward Gabriel Landeskog has been named team captain. Landeskog was appointed captain by Avalanche head coach Joe Sacco after Milan Hejduk informed the coaching staff that he has relinquished his role.
Hejduk, who served as captain during the 2011-12 campaign, will remain as an assistant captain this upcoming...
Today Gabriel Landeskog was named captain of the Colorado Avalanche. This makes him the youngest captain in NHL history. Of course, Sidney Crosby once held that title. Big deal. That means nothing. Younger and younger people are accomplishing things every day. The Crosby fact should be noted a a minor footnote in this story but, of course, some people want to make the story...
On May 31, 2007, the Pittsburgh Penguins named Sidney Crosby as their new team team captain, the the youngest age ever of just 19 years, 297 days. It was a moment that made many question if Sid The Kid was ready, but Crosby and the Penguins have never looked back.
The Colorado Avalanche are hoping for similar results with their newly anointed captain.