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DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced that center Dylan Larkin has been named the team’s captain, becoming the 37th captain in franchise history and the first Michigander and native metro Detroiter. Additionally, centers Luke Glendening and Frans Nielsen will serve as alternate captains for the 2020-21 season. 
 
Larkin, 24, has served as an alternate captain for the Red Wings since 2018-19 and assumes a captaincy that has been vacant for the last two seasons, following the end of Henrik Zetterberg’s career in 2017-18 due to injury. The Waterford, Mich., native is just the second American to wear the ‘C’ for Detroit after Reed Larson (Minneapolis, Minn.) and is the fifth player to serve as captain under Ilitch ownership (since 1982-83). Larkin’s career has been exclusively linked to the state of Michigan, playing his youth hockey in the Lakeland Hockey Association and with Belle Tire AAA Hockey, before spending two seasons with the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based U.S. National Team Development Program (2012-14), one season at the University of Michigan (2014-15) and debuting professionally with the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins during the team’s postseason run in 2014-15 prior to making the Red Wings as a 19-year-old in 2015-16. 
 
“Dylan is an extremely competitive and driven player who sets the standard for dedication and conduct for the Red Wings,” said Red Wings executive vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman. “This is the right time to name our new captain and we’re certain Dylan is ready to take on the responsibility. He will be an outstanding leader for us, both on and off the ice.” 
 
Entering his sixth season with the Red Wings in 2020-21, Larkin has appeared in 389 games with the team since 2015-16, totaling 266 points (107-159-266) and 246 penalty minutes. In 2019-20, Larkin led the Red Wings in points for the third-consecutive season, becoming one of just six players in franchise history to lead the team in scoring for three-straight years (along with Ted Lindsay, Gordie Howe, Steve Yzerman, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg). Additionally, he’s one of just 12 players to lead Detroit in points three-or-more-times in his career. Larkin also became one of the youngest Red Wings to reach 100 career goals, becoming the sixth player in the last 40 years to reach that mark for Detroit prior to turning 24 and, at 23 years and five months, was the youngest to do so since Yzerman. 
 
“I am extremely excited that Dylan Larkin will be our captain,” said Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill. “To be named captain of the Detroit Red Wings is an enormous honor and one that Dylan has certainly earned. Dylan has the utmost respect from his teammates because of his work ethic, passion, care for others and burning desire to win. I have watched first-hand as Dylan has grown as a leader during his time with the Red Wings and internationally at three World Championships representing Team USA. He is ready for the challenges that come with serving as captain and will be complimented by a great leadership group ready to support him.” 
 
Originally drafted by the Red Wings in the first round (15th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Larkin made an immediate impact after making the team in 2015-16 and was named a 2016 NHL All-Star, where he broke the league’s fastest-skater record during the Skills Competition. In his lone collegiate season with the Wolverines, Larkin was named Big Ten Rookie of the Year and to the Big Ten All-Rookie Team and First All-Star Team after racking up 47 points (15-32-47) in 35 games. On the international stage, Larkin has played extensively for the United States, including each of the last five IIHF World Championships (2015-19), where he has collected two bronze medals (2015 and 2018) and a total of 34 points (10-24-34) in 45 career games. He also skated at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship, co-leading the tournament in goals, and previously medaled at the 2014 IIHF World Under-18 championship (gold) and 2012 Under-17 World Hockey Challenge (bronze).
 

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Welcome, cap!

Posted by PresidentJoeByzerman on 01/13/21 at 11:42 AM ET

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via NHL.com,

Dylan Larkin was named captain of the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday.

Larkin is Detroit’s 37th captain and first since Henrik Zetterberg retired Sept. 14, 2018. He is the fourth captain of the Red Wings in the past 34 years, joining Steve Yzerman (1986-2006), Nicklas Lidstrom (2006-12) and Zetterberg (2012-18). Lidstrom and Yzerman, the longest-serving captain in NHL history, are two of the 13 members of the Hockey Hall of Fame to captain the Red Wings; the others are Marcel Dionne, Alex Delvecchio, Gordie Howe, Red Kelly, Ted Lindsay, Sid Abel, Ebbie Goodfellow, Syd Howe, Herbie Lewis, George Hay and Reg Noble.

The 24-year-old center has been an alternate captain in each of the past two seasons. He is entering his sixth season with the Red Wings and has led them in scoring in each of the past three, scoring 53 points (19 goals, 34 assists) in 71 games last season.

Larkin, who grew up in the Detroit area, played at the University of Michigan and was selected by the Red Wings in the first round (No. 15) of the 2014 NHL Draft, said on May 28 that being named captain would be a great honor.

“It would be something that I take very seriously, to represent the Red Wings in that role would be something that I never imagined that I would be as a kid growing up in Detroit,” he said. “I played my whole career here, my whole life here, you see the players, even Steve [Yzerman] himself, that have been that and have been the ultimate Red Wings. They’re not only great players but great people in the community, so it would be a great honor.”

Yzerman, who was named general manager of the Red Wings on April 19, 2019, said in May that he has gotten a chance to get to know Larkin off the ice as well as seeing him on the ice on an everyday basis in his current role.

“Being a member of the Red Wings and improving this team is very important to him and he takes it seriously,” Yzerman said. “He’s an excellent player for us, he’s a very important player, he’s a great leader and he’s dedicated and mentally strong and committed, so I’ve been very impressed in getting to know him over the course of the year.”

Four NHL teams remain without a captain: the New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators and Vegas Golden Knights.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/13/21 at 11:47 AM ET

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About damn time!

Not going to complain about how long it took, not going to complain about it being announced in a tweet at 10:30am the day before the Wings start their season.

Just glad that it’s over and we can get on with it.

Posted by MZ2215 on 01/13/21 at 11:57 AM ET

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Press release added to the post.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/13/21 at 12:04 PM ET

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Curious what the complaint WOULD be. Should they have announced it in a pre-game ceremony in front of an empty arena?

Posted by PresidentJoeByzerman on 01/13/21 at 12:17 PM ET

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Is there a reason it says “2020-present” instead of 2021?

Posted by Steeb on 01/13/21 at 12:33 PM ET

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Yzerman, Blashill and Larkin presser scheduled for 12:30pm, I will embed or link it if available.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/13/21 at 12:41 PM ET

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Right on!

Posted by RyanVM on 01/13/21 at 12:42 PM ET

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To answer my own question: George Malik told me that he’s “officially” the captain for the 20-21 season. Even tho there weren’t any games played in 2020.

Posted by Steeb on 01/13/21 at 12:49 PM ET

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Happy to see this is done and over.  We all knew it was going to be Larkin, nice to see it’s official.

Posted by TreKronor on 01/13/21 at 01:09 PM ET

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A terrific choice.

Posted by The Meal from Firestone, CO on 01/13/21 at 01:46 PM ET

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Posted by PresidentJoeByzerman on 01/13/21 at 11:17 AM ET

Yeah totally dude


or they could have just tweeted that there was going to be a press conference at 12:30 where we could have watched Steve make the announcement himself with the new captain present. Build up a little anticipation, make an event out of it. This is one thing basically every fan of the Red Wings can be happy about. I know it doesn’t make any difference, we’ve been waiting and expecting it for a year and a half and now we can move on, but the tweet seemed low effort to me.

Posted by MZ2215 on 01/13/21 at 02:24 PM ET

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Way to go Larks!
Well deserved.

Posted by Ventr on 01/13/21 at 02:33 PM ET

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Home grown Detroit kid, getting the C for the Detroit Red Wings from the Captain himself.
Obviously winning the cup is the pinnacle, but man, this has to be close, what a moment.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerHolland2.0's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 01/13/21 at 05:01 PM ET

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FINALLY! This is the way….. wink

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 01/13/21 at 06:08 PM ET

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Heady company the man’s a part of:  Abel, Howe, Delvecchio, Yzerman, Lidstrom, Zetterberg.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 01/13/21 at 10:43 PM ET

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