The Edmonton Oilers have just named 19-year old generational talent Connor McDavid as their 15th captain in team history.
McDavid now joins greats like Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier while also being the youngest ever permanent captain in league history at 19-years and 266 days, beating Gabriel Landeskog by 20 days. (Brian Bellows was younger when he was named interim captain of the Minnesota North Stars in 1984).
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Now that the Colorado Avalanche have a new coach, they can finally focus on their upcoming season which I think should see them pushing for a playoff berth after a two-year absence from the post-season.
Jared Bednar comes in on a three-year deal to lead the Avs after the sudden resignation of Patrick Roy, Bednar comes in after leading the Lake Erie Monsters to the AHL Calder Cup last year. A career AHLer and ECHLer, 44-year old Bednar is making a big jump by taking his first coaching job in the NHL but the timing must be right. Since hanging up his skates in 2002 he’s been in a coaching role straight away taking an assistant role with the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays. After five-years as an assistant he was promoted in 2007 to lead the Stingrays and in his second year in charge he captured the Kelly Cup. After that success he went onto the AHL where he’s been ever since.
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