Brady Tkachuk is the 10th team captain in Ottawa Senators history and the first since Erik Karlsson in 2017-2018.
“Brady personfies leadership,” said Senators owner and governor Eugene Melnyk. “While on the ice, he craves winning and commands respect. Off of it, he routinely sets a good example for his teammates and carries himself with a combination of confidence and dignity. He’s deserving of this next step in his career. We’re proud to bestow the honour of being the team’s 10th captain upon him.”
Tkachuk, 22, will be the first American player to put the 'C' on his Sens jersey.
Tkachuk signed a seven-year, $57.5-million contract with the team in October.
“Brady’s ingrained understanding of what it means to be a pro has made him the right choice for the team’s captaincy,” said Senators general manager Pierre Dorion. “He holds a unique skill set and places team success above all else. Admired by teammates and coaches, and respected by opponents, he’s certain to serve as a great ambassador for both our team and for the city of Ottawa.”
A 2019-20 NHL All-Star, Tkachuk will succeed Laurie Boschman (1992-93), Gord Dineen, Mark Lamb and Brad Shaw (1993-94 rotation), Randy Cunneyworth (1994-95 to 1997-98), Alexei Yashin (1998-99), Daniel Alfredsson (1999-2000 to 2012-13), Jason Spezza (2013-14) and Erik Karlsson (2014-18) as team captain.
Tkachuk will play his first game as the team’s captain on Saturday, November 5, when the Senators host the Tampa Bay Lightning at 2 p.m.