VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Canucks have gone down an unusual road to choose their captain.
On Tuesday, head coach Alain Vigneault announced that goaltender Roberto Luongo is the team's captain in 2008-09. Because goalies are barred from wearing letters on their sweaters by NHL rules, the team also announced that Willie Mitchell, Mattias Ohlund and Ryan Kesler will be alternate captains.
"I'm ready for that responsibility," Luongo said. "I feel that last year, even though I didn't have a letter, I was part of that leadership group."
Vigneault and new general manager Mike Gillis both decided that Luongo would become the 12th captain in team history during meetings this summer.
"It took him about .01 seconds to say 'yes,'" Vigneault said.
Luongo succeeds winger Markus Naslund, who wore the 'C' in Vancouver for seven years before departing in free agency this summer.
I thought I heard somewhere that the NHL won't ever allow goalies to wear the C. Link?
The Vancouver Province is reporting on their hockey blog that ithe Canucks have picked Roberto Luongo as their next captain even though it is against NHL rules to allow a goalie wear the C.
He succeeds Markus Naslund, who wore the C since the 2000-01 season.
The NHL Rulebook (Rule 14D) states:"No playing Coach or playing Manager or goalkeeper shall be permitted to act as Captain or Alternate Captain."
So, though Luongo cannot officially wear the C, he has been named'the captain by the team. Luongo will not take the ceremonial face-offs, wear the "C" on his sweater or argue calls. Alternate Mattias Ohlund is expected to take ceremonial faceoffs, with Willie Mitchell handling most discussions with the officials. Ryan Kesler is the other alternate.
The last NHL goaltender who served as team captain prior to this rule coming into effect was Bill Durnan of the Montreal Canadiens in the 1947–48 NHL season.
The idea behind the ban on the C is that it takes too long for the goalie to come out of the crease, meet with officials and then return.
I'm confused. Since technically speaking, the Captain's only responsibility is holding the ability to speak with the referees, and he won't be given that right because of the rules, how is he the captain? Call him a leader for sure, but I don't get how they're naming him captain.
We're begging for 'Nuck fans to come and tee off too.. they're pretty worked up defending the move, if you haven't seen the main board yet. I've heard they're not the biggest fans of T.O. as well (lol..), they'll be here...
I'm not up for policing this thread. Discuss on the NHL forum if you're so inclined. Closed.