Taylor Hall has the makings of an NHL captain.
But it’s not going to happen yet.
On Sunday Edmonton Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins announced Andrew Ference as the 14th captain in franchise history succeeding Shawn Horcoff.
Hall was considered to be among those in the running for the role.
“I think it’s great. He has a lot of experience in winning and that’s important for our group. We don’t really have a lot of that especially with the young guys here” Hall said. “He’s come in he’s really taken charge off-ice and on-ice he’s a really good guy and I think it’s the right move for us.”
Ference 34 was signed by the Oilers as a free agent this off-season after seven years with the Boston Bruins.
The local product brings a Stanley Cup ring 120 career playoff games and three finals appearances to Edmonton.
“He’s been great” Hall said. “Just being in the finals and winning a Cup that speaks for itself … he knows what it takes and that’s what we need in this room.