Nick Suzuki becomes the 31st captain in Canadiens history


MONTREAL — The general manager of the Club de hockey Canadien, Kent Hughes, announced on Monday the appointment of Nick Suzuki as the 31st captain in team history. The decision was made by the club’s hockey management.

Assistant to the captain last season, he succeeds Shea Weber, who assumed this role from 2018 to 2022.

Aged 23, Suzuki becomes the youngest captain in team history. It will be his fourth season as a pro, as he enters the first season of an eight-year contract he signed in October 2021. He made his NHL debut with the Canadiens in 2019-20. , the season in which he was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team. In 209 NHL games, he scored 49 goals and added 94 assists, for a total of 143 points. Last season, the centerman set a personal best and led the team with 61 points in 82 games, in addition to appearing in the NHL All-Star Game for the first time in his career. His streak of 209 consecutive games is the sixth-longest active streak in the NHL (tied with Elias Lindholm of the Calgary Flames).

A native of London, Ont., Suzuki played for the Owen Sound Attack and Guelph Storm in the OHL, totaling 328 points (141 goals, 187 assists) in 251 games. In his final junior season in 2018-19, he helped the Storm win the league championship with 42 points in 24 playoff games, earning himself the title of playoff most valuable player before losing. fall in the semifinals of the Memorial Cup tournament. He also appeared at the 2019 World Junior Championship, registering three assists in five games for Canada.

Selected in the first round (13th overall) by the Vegas Golden Knights in 2017, Suzuki was acquired by the Canadiens along with Tomas Tatar and a draft pick for Max Pacioretty on September 10, 2018.

CAPTAINS IN CANADIANS HISTORY

30th Shea Weber 2018-2022
29th Max Pacioretty 2015 – 2018
28th Brian Gionta 2010 – 2014
27th Saku Koivu 1999 – 2009
26th Vincent Damphousse 1996 – 1999
25th Pierre Turgeon 1995 – 1996
24th Mike Keane 1995
23rd Kirk Muller 1994 – 1995
22nd Guy Carbonneau 1989 – 1994
21st Chris Chelios 1989 – 1990
20th Bob Gainey 1981 – 1989
19th Serge Savard 1979 – 1981
18th Yvan Cournoyer 1975 – 1979
17th Henry Richard 1971 – 1975
16th Jean Beliveau 1961 – 1971
15th Doug Harvey 1960 – 1961
14th Maurice Richard 1956 – 1960
13th Emile Bouchard 1948 – 1956
12th Bill Durnan 1948
11th Toe Blake 1940 – 1948
10th Walter Buswell 1939 – 1940
9th Albert Siebert 1936 – 1939
8th Sylvio Mantha 1933 – 1936;
1926 – 1932
7th George Hainsworth 1932 – 1933
6th Bill Coutu 1925 – 1926
5th Sprague Cleghorn 1922 – 1925
4th Newsy Lalonde 1916 – 1922
1912 – 1913
1910 – 1911
3rd Howard McNamara 1915 – 1916
2nd Jimmy Gardner 1913 – 1915
1st Jack Laviolette 1909 – 1910
1911 – 1912

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