Montreal Canadiens Name Nick Suzuki Team Captain


The Montreal Canadiens named forward Nick Suzuki their 31st captain in franchise history.

Canadiens head coach Martin St. Louis announcement the captain’s decision Monday morning at the team’s annual golf tournament in Laval, Que.

Soon after, Suzuki made its first public appearance with the « C » on the chest.

Brendan Gallagher and Joel Edmundson will serve as alternate captains for the Canadiens in 2022-23.

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Suzuki, 23, previously wore an “A” for the Canadiens and recently signed an eight-year, $63 million contract extension with the team. His new contract will come into effect next season.

The Canadiens acquired Suzuki, then a top inexperienced prospect, from the Vegas Golden Knights in 2018 as part of the deal that sent former Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty to the Strip.

Suzuki became a Habs regular in 2019-20. The following year, he led the team with seven goals and 16 points in 22 playoff games en route to a surprise appearance in the 2021 Stanley Cup Finals.

In 2021-22, Suzuki led the Canadiens last with a career-high 61 points (21 goals, 40 assists) in 82 games. He was the only player to appear in every game for the injury- and COVID-ravaged Canadians.

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Suzuki succeeds Shea Weber as captain of the Canadiens. The rugged defender wore the « C » in Montreal from 2018 to 2021 before unofficially retiring for health reasons. The Canadiens didn’t have an ice captain in 2021-22, although Suzuki, Gallagher, Paul Byron, Tyler Toffoli, Jeff Petry and Ben Chiarot all spent time as backups.



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