Well there it is, Connor McDavid is the youngest captain in NHL history at 19 years and 266 days old. He is the 15th captain in team history and surpassed Colorado’s Gabriel Landeskog (2012) and Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby (2007) by a matter of weeks.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle and Milan Lucic were named alternates.
“I’m very humbled and honoured,” McDavid told reporters. “The list of guys who have worn the C here in Edmonton is unbelievable.”
Oilers coach Todd McLellan broke the news to his team Wednesday morning. McLellan said McDavid was ready to lead, even with just a handful of NHL games under his belt.
The World Cup of Hockey was just another example of McDavid’s leadership abilities, leading Team North America. The team of underdogs, which proved to be a serious threat.
“It’s a big day for him and this organization,” Lucic told reporters. “Everyone should be proud. I know he’s going to do the job that’s going to lead this team in the right direction.”