On Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 the Vegas Golden Knights named the organization’s first-ever captain, Mark Stone. Stone has played with the Golden Knights organization since their formation, having played with the Ottawa Senators before the Vegas expansion draft. Stone served as an alternate captain with both the Golden Knights and the Senators, as well as being an alternate captain for the Canadian National Team during the 2018-19 World Cup. This experience has to have led to Stone being viewed as a good leader of men, and as such, received his nomination into the role of captain.
High Pressure for Mark Stone
As the organization’s first-ever captain, Mark Stone will likely feel some pressure going into the Golden Knight’s first game of the season against the Anaheim Ducks on January 14th. However, Stone has been a solid player for the Golden Knights thus far and is still expected to put up big numbers this season after totaling 63 points in 65 games last season. Stone is able to play in both directions and will likely continue to serve in special teams situations, as well as likely partaking in the shootout lineup.
The Golden Knights have no shortage of leadership talent in their lines. This including new signing Alex Pietrangelo, who served as captain of the St. Louis Blues for the past four seasons, and Max Pacioretty, who served as captain of the Montreal Canadiens for three seasons. Any shaky performance by the team as Mark Stone elevates to his new title can be covered for by the other members of the team who have served in leadership roles in the past. This can also be covered by the two remaining alternate captains in Max Pacioretty and Reilly Smith who served as alternate captains alongside Mark Stone last season.
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