The Longest-Serving Captains in NHL History (With the Same Team)

Steve Yzerman Is The Longest Reigning Captain In NHL History

Steve Yzerman Is The Longest Serving Captain In NHL History, With The Same Team: The Detroit Red Wings

One more NHL post in between before heading back to the NFL playoffs and NCAA Championship Game…and then into the NHL and NBA seasons and postseasons, when you’ll be seeing plenty of hockey and basketball posts.

Here’s an interesting look at the “position” of NHL Captain.

Captains have actually been around since the first season of the NHL. In 1917-18, the Montreal Canadiens named center (and eventual Hall of Famer) Newsy Lalonde their captain.

Other teams followed suit in the late 1920’s, and the captain has been (mostly) a staple since.

No team is required to designate a captain (C), or alternate (A, backup) captain. Most teams at one time or another have not had one, but far more often, in every franchise’s history, at least one skater has assumed the title per season.

And soooo…what’s the point? Being captain doesn’t get you a free penalty shot or any other one-ups.

There is, of course, the whole – and very true – leadership role.

But there is also something quite functional, and in an organizational sense, essential. The captain is the only player on the team that is allowed to discuss on-ice, call or rule disputes with the refs.

Below are the longest-serving captains in NHL history: 24 with nine years or more leading the same team.

Want to see every captain your team has ever suited? Or how about every captain ever? Then you should check out my source, hockey-reference.com.

NHL CAPTAIN YEARS CAPTAIN TEAM POS. SEASONS CAPTAIN
1. Steve Yzerman 19 Detroit Red Wings C 1986-87 thru 2005-06
2. Joe Sakic 17 Colorado Avalanche C 1990-91, 1992-93 thru 2008-09
3. Raymond Bourque 15 Boston Bruins D 1985-86 thru 1999-00
4. Dit Clapper 14 Boston Bruins RW-D 1932-33 thru 1937-38, 1939-40 thru 1946-47
5. Daniel Alfredsson 13 Ottawa Senators RW 1999-00 thru 2012-13
5. Mario Lemieux 13 Pittsburgh Penguins C 1987-88 thru 1993-94, 1995-96, 1996-97, 2001-02 thru 2005-06
7. Ron Francis 12 Carolina Hurricanes C 1984-85 thru 1990-91, 1999-00 thru 2003-04
7. Scott Stevens 12 New Jersey Devils D 1992-93 thru 2003-04
7. George Armstrong 12 Toronto Maple Leafs RW 1957-68 thru 1968-69
10. Shane Doan 11 Arizona Coyotes RW 2003-04 thru Present
10. Alex Delvecchio 11 Detroit Red Wings C-LW 1962-63 thru 1972-73
10. Bill Cook 11 New York Rangers RW 1926-27 thru 1936-37
10. Rod Langway 11 Washington Capitals D 1982-83 thru 1992-93
14. Jean Beliveau 10 Montreal Canadiens C 1961-62 thru 1970-71
14. Mark Messier 10 New York Rangers LW-C 1991-92 thru 1996-97, 2000-01 thru 2003-04
14. Mats Sundin 10 Toronto Maple Leafs C 1997-98 thru 2007-08
14. Hap Day 10 Toronto Maple Leafs D 1927-28 thru 1936-37
18. Zdeno Chara 9 Boston Bruins D 2006-07 thru Present
18. Jarome Iginla 9 Calgary Flames RW 2003-04 thru 2012-13
18. Derian Hatcher 9 Dallas Stars D 1994-95 thru 2002-03
18. Saku Koivu 9 Montreal Canadiens C 1999-00 thru 2008-09
18. Sylvio Mantha 9 Montreal Canadiens D 1926-27 thru 1931-32, 1933-34 thru 1935-36
18. Bobby Clarke 9 Philadelphia Flyers C 1972-73 thru 1978-79, 1982-83, 1983-84
18. Brian Sutter 9 St. Louis Blues LW 1979-80 thru 1987-88

Note: There was no 2004-05 season.

Photo: Dave Sandford, Getty via espn.com

Posted on January 8, 2015, in NHL Hockey and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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