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Landeskog Named Captain Of The Avalanche

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 season along with Paul Stastny.

 According to available research, at 19 years, 286 days, Landeskog is the youngest captain in NHL history.  He is 11 days younger than Sidney Crosby, who was 19 years, 297 days when he was named captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins on May 31, 2007. 

 Landeskog becomes just the fourth captain in Colorado Avalanche history, joining Joe Sakic, Adam Foote and Hejduk.  The Stockholm, Sweden native is the 11th captain in the history of the Avalanche/Nordiques franchise and only the third European-born, following Hejduk and Peter Stastny.

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NHLJeff's avatar

Strange.  I’m not sure why the rush to make the switch—Hejduk will retire soon enough.  I would imagine Duchene would have been a candidate as well, but they went with the younger option.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Chicago, IL on 09/04/12 at 04:10 PM ET

CatfishTea's avatar

Classy move by Hejduk giving up the C to a youngster.  I thought O’Reilly would have been in line after his growth and performance last season, but who knows what is going on with management and him.  Hopefully they are just waiting for the lockout to sort itself out before handing out a contract to a guy who deserves a raise.  Congratulations Lando!

Posted by CatfishTea on 09/04/12 at 08:43 PM ET

Gary A$$ SUCK !!'s avatar

Congrats to Gabriel Ingemar John Landeskog ..!!  Let’s Go Red wings !!!

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 09/05/12 at 01:02 AM ET

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