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01-09-2012, 02:22 PM
Join Date: Jan 2010
For me when I've played any sport, the captain needs to be a) someone committed to the team and b) someone that can transcend cliques or circles in the dressing room. On any team guys will have their closest group of friends, but the captain should be a guy who is a leader because he is respected by everyone in that room, regardless of what he shows on the ice. On an NHL team, I would add c) Represents the team well off the ice and in the community.
Henrik has been here for awhile, and has a long-term contract. It is safe to say he has the commitment thing in place. We can also see that he represents the team well in the community. Since I don't know the dynamics inside the Canucks room, I assume he has the other part down too and galvanizes the locker room, which is why he is captain.
For the record I also think Luongo would be a great captain, he just plays the wrong position. I can see why Gillis tried it, but I'm glad the switch was made.
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