Canucks name Luongo captain
I received an anonymous email this afternoon that said "someone might be challenging" NHL Rule 14-D, which reads:
No playing Coach or playing Manager or goalkeeper shall be permitted to act as Captain or Alternate Captain.So thanks to the tipster, even if I was leery of running with the info right away. But my first instinct, after looking at the open captaincies in the league, was that Vancouver would go off the board and give it to Roberto Luongo.
Rather than challenging the rulebook, however, the Canucks are simply naming Luongo captain and having defenceman Willie Mitchell "act as captain."
It remains to be seen if the NHL will put up much fuss about this — although I bet GM Mike Gillis ran this by the head office already.
My view? Luongo's a very good choice for the Canucks and should be allowed to wear a letter on his jersey even if Mitchell handles the other duties. There's no reason netminders can't be team captains, as the designation is largely ceremonial anyway.
The Canucks have a video on their site discussing how they made the choice.
UPDATE "Selecting Roberto Luongo as our Captain is a significant decision for our entire organization," Gillis said. "Alain and I were looking for someone to lead this team, who inspires his teammates, is respected for his on-ice accomplishments and who embodies the core values we are striving for as a hockey club. We are confident that Roberto, along with Mattias, Willie, Ryan and all of their teammates, will provide this organization with strong leadership both on and off of the ice."
"This is a tremendous honour and one that I feel very grateful for," said Luongo. "I am very proud to have been named the captain and with the support of Mattias, Willie, Ryan and all of my teammates I look forward to leading this team."