For the first time since Dion Phaneuf was traded in 2016, the Toronto Maple Leafs have a captain.
John Tavares was announced as the new team captain in dramatic fashion, before the Leafs’ home opener. He’s the 25th captain in the history of the team.
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) October 2, 2019
Alternate captains were also revealed, as Mitch Marner, Auston Matthews, and Morgan Rielly will wear A’s.
While fans and media found out during player introductions, Tavares got the news from his newborn baby.
At one time, fans and media assumed the Leafs were going captain-less while they waited for Matthews to mature into the role. That assumption turned into a debate ever since the team signed Tavares as a free agent last year. Tavares has been a captain before, wearing the C for the New York Islanders for five seasons.
Here’s a list of all-time Leafs captains:
|Ken Randall||1917-18 to 1918-19|
|Reg Noble||1920-21 to 1921-22|
|Jack Adams||1922-23 to 1923-24|
|John Ross Roach||1924-25|
|Bert Corbeau||1926-27, 1927|
|Clarence ‘Hap’ Day||1927-28 to 1936-37|
|Red Horner||1938-39 to 1939-40|
|Syl Apps*||1940-41 to 1942-43|
|Bob Davidson||1943-44 to 1944-45|
|Syl Apps*||1945-46 to 1947-48|
|Ted Kennedy*||1948-49 to 1954-55|
|Ted Kennedy* and Jim Thomson||1956-57|
|George Armstrong||1957-58 to 1968-69|
|Darryl Sittler||1975-76 to 1980-81|
|Rick Vaive||1981-82 to 1985-86|
|Rob Ramage||1989-90 to 1990-91|
|Wendel Clark||1991-92 to 1993-94|
|Doug Gilmour||1994-95 to 1996-97|
|Mats Sundin||1997-98 to 2007-08|
|Dion Phaneuf||2010-11 to 2015-16|
|John Tavares||2019-20 to Present|