Forward Dylan Larkin became the 37e captain of Detroit Red Wings history on Wednesday.
This is not surprising news, as general manager Steve Yzerman had mentioned ahead of the holidays that his club would identify a captain for 2021.
“Dylan is an extremely competitive and committed hockey player who sets high standards for dedication and behavior for the Red Wings,” the GM said in a statement. Now is the right time to appoint our new captain and we are confident Dylan is ready to take on this responsibility. He will be a great leader for us, both on and off the ice. ”
A Michigan native, Larkin was a first-round pick on 15e in total, the Wings in 2014. Last year, he collected 19 goals and 34 assists for 53 points in 71 games. He will begin his sixth season in the National League.
“I’m taking this very seriously,” Larkin said in a statement. To portray the Red Wings in that role, it’s something I never could have imagined doing as a kid growing up in Detroit. ”
“I couldn’t be more honored,” he continued. But it doesn’t end here. It doesn’t change who I am. It allows me to have more responsibility and to express my opinion to the guys. It’s very exciting. It’s hard to translate into words, but it means a lot to me. “
The captain of the Red Wings had been vacant since the departure of veteran Henrik Zetterberg in 2018. The latter had taken on this role as of the 2012-2013 campaign. Previously, defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom wore the letter “C” on his jersey for six years, while Yzerman served as captain from 1986-1987 to 2005-2006. For his part, the great Gordie Howe obtained this privilege during four campaigns.
“To be captain of the Detroit Red Wings is a huge honor and Dylan certainly deserved it,” said head coach Jeff Blashill. He has the indisputable respect of his teammates thanks to his work ethic, his passion, his concern for others and his burning desire to win. I saw him develop as a leader during his time here and at the World Championships where he represented the United States. ”
Detroit will begin the regular season by hosting the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday.