Colorado Avalanche Name Gabriel Landeskog Team’s Fourth Captain

September 4th, 2012 by Kevin Goff Leave a reply »
With all of the news around the NHL surrounding the impending lockout, and all of the news surrounding the Colorado Avalanche revolving around when Ryan O'Reilly will be signed, today's announcement by the Avalanche qualifies as a bit of a bombshell.

The Avalanche have named second-year star Gabriel Landeskog captain after a fantastic rookie season.

This makes Landeskog the youngest captain in the league, and the youngest in the history of the NHL at just 19 years and 286 days old, according to the team.

It's fair to say that this news is a bit of a surprise, especially since we all know that Milan Hejduk, the team's previous captain, had been signed for another season early in the summer.

According to the team's press release (via, "Hejduk informed the coaching staff that he was relinquishing his role" as team captain, which led coach Joe Sacco to this spot.

First impressions on this are that Hejduk made absolutely the right move and this was actually something that I discussed on The Burgundy Brigade Podcast a couple of months ago.

Since being named captain last season, Hejduk really wa ...

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