Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Vancouver Proving that a Goalie Can Sort of be Captain

Last year there was a major debate about who should be captain for the Sabres. One name came up again and again, Ryan Miller. There was a small problem with that selection though, the NHL prohibits goalies from wearing the C. So the Sabres went with the rotating captaincy and it sort of worked.

This year, the Vancouver Canucks have chosen their captain to be, Roberto Luongo, the goalie. The Canucks are getting around the whole goalie wearing the C thing by informing the league that Luongo is the official captain of the team and the team will have three assistant captains in Willie Mitchell, Mattias Ohlund, and Ryan Kesler. Because Luongo can not go and officially argue with the refs, Mitchell has been designated as the liason between ref and bench.

Is this necessary, I'm not sure. The Canucks fans are just as shocked about this as the rest of the league is. Most goalies are unofficial captains of their teams just by the position. But head coach Mike Gillis and GM Alain Vigneault have both decided that Luongo has all the qualities that they are looking for in their captain and are rewarding those things. Luongo is officially on board with the decision to, according to sources.

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