Larkin named captain of Red Wings

Dylan Larkin was named captain of the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday.

Dylan Larkin #71 of the Detroit Red Wings

Larkin is Detroit’s 37th captain and first since Henrik Zetterberg retired Sept. 14, 2018. He is the fourth captain of the Red Wings in the past 34 years, joining Steve Yzerman (1986-2006), Nicklas Lidstrom (2006-12) and Zetterberg (2012-18). Lidstrom and Yzerman, the longest-serving captain in NHL history, are two of the 13 members of the Hockey Hall of Fame to captain the Red Wings; the others are Marcel Dionne, Alex Delvecchio, Gordie Howe, Red Kelly, Ted Lindsay, Sid Abel, Ebbie Goodfellow, Syd Howe, Herbie Lewis, George Hay and Reg Noble.

“I am extremely excited that Dylan Larkin will be our captain,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “To be named captain of the Detroit Red Wings is an enormous honor and one that Dylan has certainly earned. Dylan has the utmost respect from his teammates because of his work ethic, passion, care for others and burning desire to win. I have watched first-hand as Dylan has grown as a leader during his time with the Red Wings and internationally at three World Championships representing Team USA. He is ready for the challenges that come with serving as captain and will be complimented by a great leadership group ready to support him.”

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The 24-year-old center has been an alternate captain in each of the past two seasons. He is entering his sixth season with the Red Wings and has led them in scoring in each of the past three, scoring 53 points (19 goals, 34 assists) in 71 games last season.

Larkin, who grew up in the Detroit area, played at the University of Michigan and was selected by the Red Wings in the first round (No. 15) of the 2014 NHL Draft, said on May 28 that being named captain would be a great honor.

“It would be something that I take very seriously, to represent the Red Wings in that role would be something that I never imagined that I would be as a kid growing up in Detroit,” he said. “I played my whole career here, my whole life here, you see the players, even Steve [Yzerman] himself, that have been that and have been the ultimate Red Wings. They’re not only great players but great people in the community, so it would be a great honor.”

Yzerman, who was named general manager of the Red Wings on April 19, 2019, has gotten a chance to get to know Larkin off the ice as well as seeing him on the ice on an everyday basis in his current role.

“Dylan is an extremely competitive and driven player who sets the standard for dedication and conduct for the Red Wings,” Yzerman said. “This is the right time to name our new captain and we’re certain Dylan is ready to take on the responsibility. He will be an outstanding leader for us, both on and off the ice.”

Four NHL teams remain without a captain: the New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators and Vegas Golden Knights.

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