List of current NHL captains and alternate captains facts for kids

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The captain can be identified by the large "C" on their jersey.

The National Hockey League (NHL) is a professional ice hockey league with 30 teams founded in 1917. Each team can select a captain, who has the "sole privilege of discussing with the Referee any questions relating to interpretation of rules which may arise during the progress of a game". Each team is also allowed to pick alternate captains, who work when the captain is not on the ice. Captains have to wear the letter "C" on their uniform to show who they are; alternate captains wear the letter "A". Both letters are 3 inches (7.6 cm) in height.

Some teams in the NHL do not have a captain. Rule 6.2 of the 2008–09 Official NHL Rulebook says that "[only] when the Captain is not in uniform, the Coach shall have the right to designate three Alternate Captains. This must be done prior to the start of the game." Many NHL teams with a captain select more than two alternate captains and change who wears the "A" for different games during the season.

Goaltenders are not allowed to be captains during games. This rule was made in 1948 after teams did not like that it took Montreal Canadiens goaltender Bill Durnan too long to skate to talk with the officials and back to his crease. However, Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo was the team's captain, but because of the NHL rule against goaltender captains, the league did not allow Luongo to act as captain on-ice. Because of this, the Canucks were allowed to have three alternate captains in games, instead of two that most teams have. Two (of the three) alternate captains took care of Luongo's on-ice work: Willie Mitchell (then alternate captain) talked to the officials. Luongo was not allowed to wear the "C" on his jersey, but it was part of the artwork on the front of his mask. Other than Durnan and Luongo, five other goaltenders have been captain o their team: John Ross Roach of the Toronto St. Patricks, George Hainsworth of the Montreal Canadiens, Roy Worters of the New York Americans, Alex Connell of the Ottawa Senators, and Charlie Gardiner of the Chicago Black Hawks.

Jonathan Toews, captain of the Chicago Blackhawks, is the third-youngest player to be named captain of a team in NHL history. Only Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Vincent Lecavalier of the Tampa Bay Lightning were younger than Toews when first named as captain. In 1984, Brian Bellows was named temporary captain of the Minnesota North Stars when Craig Hartsburg was hurt, and is the youngest player to captain a team in NHL history. However, because Bellows was only the temporary captain, Sidney Crosby is the youngest permanent captain in NHL history.


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Zdeno Chara, captain of the Boston Bruins
Team Captain Alternate Captain(s) Reference(s)
Anaheim Ducks Ryan Getzlaf Corey Perry
Ryan Kesler
Boston Bruins Zdeno Chara Patrice Bergeron
David Backes
David Krejci
Buffalo Sabres Brian Gionta Matt Moulson
Josh Gorges
Calgary Flames Mark Giordano Sean Monahan Dennis Wideman
Carolina Hurricanes Eric Staal
Jordan Staal
Chicago Blackhawks Jonathan Toews Duncan Keith
Brent Seabrook

Patrick Kane

Colorado Avalanche Gabriel Landeskog Cody McLeod
Columbus Blue Jackets Nick Foligno Jared Boll
Brandon Dubinsky
Jack Johnson
Mark Letestu
Dallas Stars Jamie Benn Stephane Robidas
Ray Whitney
Detroit Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg Justin Abdelkader
Niklas Kronwall
Edmonton Oilers Connor McDavid Jordan Eberle
Sam Gagner
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Nick Schultz
Ryan Smyth
Florida Panthers Willie Mitchell Brian Campbell
Los Angeles Kings Dustin Brown Matt Greene
Anze Kopitar
Minnesota Wild Mikko Koivu Zach Parise
Ryan Suter
Montreal Canadiens Max Pacioretty Tomas Plekanec
Brendan Gallagher
Shea Weber
Andrei Markov
Nashville Predators Mike Fisher
New Jersey Devils Vacant Patrik Elias
Andy Greene
Travis Zajac
New York Islanders John Tavares Andrew MacDonald
Kyle Okposo
New York Rangers Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Martin St. Louis
Derek Stepan
Marc Staal
Ottawa Senators Erik Karlsson Chris Neil
Kyle Turris
Philadelphia Flyers Claude Giroux Jakub Voracek
Wayne Simmonds
Phoenix Coyotes Shane Doan Martin Hanzal
Keith Yandle
Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby Chris Kunitz
Evgeni Malkin
St. Louis Blues Alex Pietrangelo Vladimir Tarasenko
Alexander Steen
Kevin Shattenkirk
Paul Stastny
San Jose Sharks
Patrick Marleau
Tampa Bay Lightning Steven Stamkos Matt Carle
Eric Brewer
Valtari Filppula
Toronto Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul
Vancouver Canucks Henrik Sedin Dan Hamhuis
Daniel Sedin
Washington Capitals Alexander Ovechkin Nicklas Backstrom
Brooks Orpik
T. J. Oshie
Winnipeg Jets Blake Wheeler Mark Scheifele
Dustin Byfuglien

This list was updated July 3rd 2014, but not for all teams

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