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It’s official: Isles name Tavares 14th captain in franchise history

Sep 9, 2013, 11:02 AM EDT

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John Tavares has been the face of the New York Islanders since being drafted first overall in 2009.

Now, he’s the team’s leader as well.

The Islanders named Tavares as the 14th captain in franchise history on Monday, making him one of the youngest players to ever wear the “C” in the process.

“I want to say, it’s kind of hard to believe,” Tavares said at Monday’s presser. “Four great years have gone by. I’m excited about our opportunity this coming year.

“I take this with great responsibility. It’s not an easy thing but I don’t think too much will change — the goal remains the same.”

The move also makes the 22-year-old Tavares the second-youngest captain in the NHL, behind Colorado’s Gabriel Landeskog (20).

Tavares led the Isles with 47 points in 48 games last season and earned his first-ever Hart Trophy nomination for league MVP.

He’s the club’s most talented player and has served as an alternate captain, so no real surprise the organization feels he’s ready to wear the “C.” Tavares also signed a long-term pact with the Isles in 2011, agreeing to a six-year, $33 million extension that goes through 2018.

The move to such a young captain is a significant one from New York. Tavares inherits the “C” from Mark Streit, who was 34 at the time of his appointment; prior to Streit it was 38-year-old Doug Weight and prior to Weight, it was 37-year-old Bill Guerin.

  1. mathieug79 - Sep 9, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Well deserved!!!

  2. hockey412 - Sep 9, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Great player, great choice. Those jerseys will sell like crazy month.

    • rjmisles1980 - Sep 9, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      Ordering my new Tavares jersey today!! Can’t wait for the season to start!!

  3. tjvalley - Sep 9, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    I LOVE THE ISLANDERS!!!!!

  4. bcisleman - Sep 9, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Denis was three years older (25 about to be 26 vs 22 about to be 23) when he got the C. He had six years experience vs 4 and the Isles were an established contender, not just an up and comer when he got the C. They likely won’t win four in a row. No one will in this day and age. The era of the true dynasty in sports is gone. But I am hopeful that JT may win four Cups over his career w/ the Isles.

  5. westinpat - Sep 9, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Not surprised by this move but it makes a little more sense why his jersey during the NYC press tour didn’t have an A on it.

  6. jhuck92 - Sep 9, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Very well deserved. This kid has a bright future ahead of him

  7. mfinneran - Sep 9, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    I am so tired of Emrick,McGuire et al anyone have an idea
    who could replace them?

  8. c1md6 - Sep 9, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    @mfinnernan
    C’mon the Doc isn’t so bad but McGuire, I could live with a bag of pucks replacing him… No disrespect to a bag of pucks. Without McGuire who’s going blow Sidney Crosby and the penguins every game?

    • speedstickmusk - Sep 10, 2013 at 4:01 AM

      Ah it’s that time of year… When stooges like you finally creep out of your mother’s basement and see sunlight for the first time… Idiot

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