The Edmonton Oilers have named Connor McDavid the 15th captain in franchise history.
“There’s a long list of guys who have worn the ‘C’ here in Edmonton. To join that group is very humbling,” says McDavid, who adds it was his goal to one day be a captain in the NHL.
At the age of 19 years and 266 days, McDavid becomes the youngest captain in NHL history.
“He’s mature beyond his years,” says head coach Todd McLellan. “He takes care of his teammates in front of and with the media. We think that’s important with a Canadian franchise. He’s an ambassador of the game, which I think you have to be as a captain. He puts himself out there with the young kids and the fans.”
“The age thing is not an issue,” McDavid explains. “They were so welcoming to me coming in and made me feel so comfortable.”
McDavid was also captain of the OHL’s Erie Otters and Team North America at this fall’s World Cup. He knows what type of captain he wants to be.
“It’s someone who makes everyone feel included. Sometimes what can happen in a dressing room is some guys don’t have the same voice as others,” says McDavid. “They can’t get to express how they might be thinking. I have to make sure everyone feels included and everyone is involved in the process.”
Milan Lucic, Jordan Eberle, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins are the alternate captains.
“I have experienced a lot in my career thus far,” says Lucic. “It’s my job and everyone else’s job to follow in the right direction and make sure we’re following his lead because we know what he’s capable of.”
The Oilers didn’t have a captain last season. Andrew Ference was captain from 2013-2015. (jrw)