Nick Suzuki named 31st captain of Montreal Canadiens

captain of Montreal Canadiens

Montreal Canadiens General Manager 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 personnel.

An alternate captain last season, Suzuki succeeds Shea Weber, who served as captain between 2018 and 2022.

Suzuki, 23, becomes the youngest captain in team history. Now embarking on his fourth professional season, he will be playing the first year of an eight-year contract extension signed in October 2021. Suzuki made his NHL debut with the Canadiens in 2019-20 and was named to the League’s All-Rookie Team. He has registered 143 points (49 goals, 94 assists) in 209 career NHL games. Last season, the centerman produced a career-high 61 points in 82 games and led the team in scoring. Suzuki also made his first appearance in the NHL All-Star Game. His streak of 209 consecutive games played is the sixth longest active streak in the NHL (tied with Elias Lindholm of the Calgary Flames).

A native of London, ON, Suzuki played for the OHL’s Owen Sound Attack and Guelph Storm, amassing 328 points (141 goals, 187 assists) in 251 games. During his final junior season in 2018-19, he helped the Storm win the OHL Championship with 42 points in 24 postseason appearances. That earned him OHL Playoffs MVP honors, before the Storm ultimately fell in the semifinals of the Memorial Cup. Suzuki also represented Canada at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship, collecting three assists in five games.

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 in exchange for Max Pacioretty on September 10, 2018.

Montreal Canadiens captains:

30th Shea Weber2018-2022
29th Max Pacioretty2015 – 2018
28th Brian Gionta2010 – 2014
27th Saku Koivu1999 – 2009
26th Vincent Damphousse1996 – 1999
25th Pierre Turgeon1995 – 1996
24th Mike Keane1995
23rd Kirk Muller1994 – 1995
22nd Guy Carbonneau1989 – 1994
21st Chris Chelios1989 – 1990
20th Bob Gainey1981 – 1989
19th Serge Savard1979 – 1981
18th Yvan Cournoyer1975 – 1979
17th Henri Richard1971 – 1975
16th Jean Béliveau1961 – 1971
15th Doug Harvey1960 – 1961
14th Maurice Richard1956 – 1960
13th Émile Bouchard1948 – 1956
12th Bill Durnan1948
11th Toe Blake1940 – 1948
10th Walter Buswell1939 – 1940
9th Albert Siebert1936 – 1939
8th Sylvio Mantha1933 – 1936;
1926 – 1932
7th George Hainsworth1932 – 1933
6th Bill Coutu1925 – 1926
5th Sprague Cleghorn1922 – 1925
4th Newsy Lalonde1916 – 1922
1912 – 1913
1910 – 1911
3rd Howard McNamara1915 – 1916
2nd Jimmy Gardner1913 – 1915
1st Jack Laviolette1909 – 1910
1911 – 1912

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