The inaugural season of the Vegas Golden Knights was quite something with their first Stanley Cup Final appearance, but another first could top that shortly.
Head coach Pete DeBoer announced on Wednesday that the Golden Knights will live another first before the start of the 2020-21 season, naming a new and first captain of their franchise.
Coach Pete DeBoer said Wednesday the Knights intend to award a “C” for the first time before the 2020-21 season after playing without a captain for the past three years. No candidates were named, and an announcement won’t come until the team finishes the playoffs.
“We have great leadership,” DeBoer said. “A big group of guys that have really taken charge and recognized the opportunity, so we’re just going to keep it the way it is until we finish this season.”
While no names were mentioned as candidates for the position, it is believed that forward Mark Stone is a front-runner to get the “C” on his uniform. Stone is not only the team’s highest-paid player, but also one of the most emotional leaders since arriving in Vegas at last season’s trade deadline.
“Stoney’s been fantastic,” DeBoer said Tuesday. “You couldn’t ask for a better mentor or example, on the ice and I think off the ice, too. He’s all business. Even through Phase One and Two, Stoney was one of the first guys here and ready to work and set the tone.”
The Knights were one of four teams to have a captain on board this season, along with the Detroit Red Wings, New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators. The New Jersey Devils also don’t have a captain now after trading defenseman Andy Greene at the deadline.
Who do you believe will wear the “C” in Vegas next season?