Originally written on The Mark Graham Sports Blog  |  Last updated 9/4/12
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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