Should Matt Duchene Be Named the Colorado Avalanche’s Next Captain?

August 25th, 2012 by Suraj Sukumar Leave a reply »
There have always been specific qualities in NHL players that make a great leader. 

It may not be the player with the best hands, or the ability to score goals at will. It may not be the player with the highest point totals, or the flashiest moves. 

But that player surely is the most poised, calm and/or motivational person on the ice. 

Take Steve Yzerman or Joe Sakic for example, both of whom had tremendous success in the NHL as captains for the Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche, respectively. They have not only won Stanley Cups, but have also experienced individual success. 

On the other hand, players like Shane Doan and Brendan Morrow represent a different style of leadership. While both players are unarguably great leaders, their offensive totals are not elite-level by any means. Also, they have yet to experience Stanley Cup glory as captains, which is easier said than done.

The time has come for the Colorado Avalanche to find someone who can fit a similar role. 

While Milan Hejduk wore the C for much of the 2011-12 NHL season, he is in the final year of his contract. ...

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