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Written by Mike Cook   
Tuesday, 04 September 2012 20:29
 

The Colorado Avalanche expected a lot from Gabriel Landeskog in his first season, and it earned him the Calder Trophy for the NHL's Rookie of the Year. This season, they'll expect more from the young Swede, as the team made him the youngest captain in NHL history on Tuesday.

Mike CookThe NHL’s most recent Rookie of the Year will have an additional letter on the front of his sweater when the 2012-13 season begins.

Gabriel Landeskog was named team captain of the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday.

At 19 years, 286 days, Landeskog is the youngest captain in NHL history. He is 11 days younger than Sidney Crosby was when he was named the Pittsburgh Penguins' captain on May 31, 2007.

“I'm so humbled and grateful for this opportunity, and what an honor to follow the footsteps of the past captains for the Avs,” Landeskog tweeted (@GabeLandeskog92). “I couldn't be more excited and I'm truly looking forward to the challenge.”

Landeskog becomes just the fourth captain in Avalanche history, joining Joe Sakic, Adam Foote and Milan Hejduk, who wore the “C” last season. He and Paul Stastny will serve as alternate captains.

Despite his youthfulness, Landeskog has shown he can be a tough, physical player with a scoring touch.

He led the Avalanche in both hits (219) and goals (22) last season. His rookie-leading 270 shots are an Avalanche rookie record and the second-highest total by a rookie left wing in NHL history. He also led rookies with 58 takeaways, five game-winning goals and in plus/minus (plus-20). Dion Phaneuf (2005-06) is the only other rookie to surpass 20 goals and 200 hits in his inaugural season.

According to the team website, many of his Landeskog’s teammates took to Twitter to offer their congratulations.

Ryan O’Reilly (@Ryan_OReilly90) wrote: “Congrats @GabeLandeskog92 on youngest captain in NHL history. Amazing player and even better guy.” Added Ryan O’ByrneGabriel Landeskog (@ryanobyrne84): “Congrats to @GabeLandeskog92 on being named captain of the @Avalanche. Youngest captain in NHL History. Well deserved!! #stud.”

Landeskog, the second overall pick in the 2011 draft, is familiar with leading his team on and off the ice.

At age 17, he captained the Kitchner Rangers in the Ontario Hockey League, the youngest player in 30 years to lead the squad and the first European player to do so. He was an assistant captain for Sweden at the 2012 World Championship and also wore the “A” at the 2011 World Junior Championship.

Tweeted teammate Shane O’Brien (@ShaneOBrien55): “Congrats to @GabeLandeskog92 on being named Captain all I have to say to him is I can't wait for the Captains Dinner on the road!”

NOTES:

Calgary Flames forward Michael Cammalleri told the Calgary Sun he is ready to rebound after netting 20 goals and 41 points in 66 games last season. … RW Jordan Eberle signed a six-year, $36 million contract extension Aug. 30, keeping him with the Edmonton Oilers through the 2018-19 season. … Minnesota Wild C Zach Parise touched on a number of subjects during a recent interview with the team’s website. … Vancouver Canucks G Roberto Luongo again said he’d like to play for the Florida Panthers. "[The Panthers] makes sense for myself, for my career and my family,'' Luongo told the South Florida Sun Sentinel. () "That being said, there's obvious other options as well. This is a preferred location for obvious reasons but I'm not shutting the door on other possibilities if it comes up.'' Luongo, who has 10 seasons at $5.33 million per remaining on his deal, is the Panthers' all-time leader in games (317), wins (108) and shutouts (26).
 
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