The Dawn of Dion: Maple Leafs’ New Identity Cemented as Phaneuf Named Captain

June 14th, 2010 by Jon Neely Leave a reply »

It's just a letter on a sweater.

When Dion Phaneuf stepped up to the podium Monday afternoon to accept his new role on the Toronto Maple Leafs, as captain, not a whole lot changed for the 25-year-old stud or the team he plays for.

The Maple Leafs didn't add any new talent or swap any personnel, and Dion is still the same player; surly and focused as ever. The team didn't get any better or any worse. All they really did was add a few small details to their jersey and slap a C on the chest of one of the best young players this city has seen in a long time.

Phaneuf will be as vocal as he always was in the dressing room and on the ice, he'll be just as tough on his teammates to play their best every night, and he'll still be the same leader that he was last year on the team.

The only difference is now it's official. Now he has the bling, if you will, on his chest, ensuring his place in Leafs history as the 18th captain.

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