This just in, the San Jose Sharks have officially named Logan Couture as the team’s next captain.
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The 30 year old Couture of course replaces former captain Joe Pavelski who departed the Sharks in free agency and signed a contract with the Dallas Stars.
"Since I arrived in San Jose four seasons ago, we have been blessed with a tremendous amount of leadership on our roster," said Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer in a prepared statement. "Logan has grown up within that environment and evolved into someone who not only plays his best hockey when it matters the most, but who also leads by example off the ice. He knows what it takes to win and his performance in our recent playoff runs reflects that. Most importantly, Logan has the respect of his teammates and we're extremely proud to name him as the tenth captain of the San Jose Sharks."
The team also announced its four alternate captains for the upcoming season: Joe Thornton, Erik Karlsson, Tomas Hertl and Brent Burns.
Couture enters his 11th season as a member of the Sharks after being selected in the first round (9th overall) by San Jose in the 2007 NHL Draft. He put up a career-best 70 points (27 goals, 43 assists) last season, finishing second on the team in assists and third in points.
Couture has skated in 663 career NHL games , all with San Jose, compiling 507 points (240 goals, 267 assists) and ranks fourth in goals and points, fifth in assists, and sixth in games played on the franchise’s all-time list.