The Detroit Red Wings have finally announced who will don the “C” for the foreseeable future. The team announced today that center Dylan Larkin is officially the 37th captain in team history. It’s an announcement that has been expected for a long time, dating back to 2018. It’s also been very much desired by a fanbase who hasn’t seen a team captain since the retirement of Henrik Zetterberg following the 2017-18 season.
The Correct Choice for Red Wings Captain
Larkin was one of four Red Wings wearing an “A” on his uniform last year and has been for the last two seasons now. He has shown plenty of leadership both on and off the ice, between standing up for teammates as well as making honest comments to the media about what the team needed to improve on. He also has performed on the ice, unlike fellow assistants Frans Nielsen and Luke Glendening. He has led the team in scoring the last three seasons and also plays well defensively, finishing 20th in Selke voting in 2018-19.
Larkin follows a line of excellent Red Wings captains. The last three, Steve Yzerman, Niklas Lidstrom and Zetterberg, are all Red Wings greats. Yzerman is arguably the greatest captain in the history of North American sports, Lidstrom is one of the two greatest defensemen to ever play the game and Zetterberg was a Conn Smythe winner that led the team in scoring five times. He has rather big skates to fill.
If anyone has the ability to do it, it’s Larkin. The Michigan-born star has quickly become the face of the Red Wings franchise. And, with the five-year contract he signed, he will be around for a long time. It has been the obvious choice for a long time, and what an honor for it to be Steve Yzerman who hands you that distinction. We’ll see how he can carry the team in 2021 and beyond as the new Red Wings captain.
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