Spurgeon named captain of Wild, replaces Koivu

Jared Spurgeon was named captain of the Minnesota Wild on Sunday.

Defenseman Jared Spurgeon (#46) of the Minnesota Wild

The 31-year-old defenseman replaces forward Mikko Koivu, who was Minnesota’s captain for the past 12 seasons. Koivu signed a one-year contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Oct. 10.

Spurgeon, who signed a seven-year, $53.025 million contract extension (average annual value of $7.575 million) on Sept. 14, 2019, scored 32 points (12 goals, 20 assists) in 62 games last season.Entering his 11th season with the Wild, Spurgeon is the longest-tenured played on the team. Selected by the New York Islanders in the sixth round (No. 156) of the 2008 NHL Draft, Spurgeon didn’t sign with them and was signed as a free agent by the Wild on Sept. 23, 2010.

Spurgeon has scored 280 points (82 goals, 198 assists) in 653 regular-season games and 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists) in 48 Stanley Cup Playoff games for Minnesota.

He ranks third in Wild history in games played, is eighth in points and is their leader in goals by a defenseman.Six NHL teams remain without a captain: the Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, and Vegas Golden Knights.