The Nashville Predators have named defenseman Roman Josi as the team's captain at a press conference on Tuesday prior to the team’s preseason doubleheader against the Florida Panthers.
Josi will replace Mike Fisher, who announced his retirement at the conclusion of last season’s Western Conference Championship.
He will be the team's eighth captain in franchise history.
Josi was a full-time alternate captain last year when the team reached the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history. MOBILE: Slideshow - Captains of the Nashville Predators“This is the right time to name Roman the captain of our franchise,” said Predators General Manager David Poile. “Not only is he one of our best players, but he’s also become one of the top defensemen in the entire League. He’s respected by his teammates, coaches and opponents and he represents our organization and logo with the utmost class and integrity on and off the ice. I know Roman is ready to become captain and I have no doubt he will fulfill these duties with the same passion we’ve become accustomed to seeing from him day after day.”
Originally from Switzerland, Josi has played for the Predators since he was drafted in 2008.
Before his debut with the Preds, Josi turned heads as a rookie for the Milwaukee Admirals (in the American Hockey League), and as a teen playing for the Swiss national team in World Hockey Championships.
A team's captain (or alternate captains) are more important in hockey than other sports. While they may have a wide range of internal duties, captains are the only players allowed to discuss their interpretations of on-ice events and calls with officials during a match.
“I’m really excited and it’s obviously a huge honor,” Josi said after the announcement. “I’ve had some really good guys to learn from with Shea Weber and Mike Fisher in the time I’ve been here. I know we have a great leadership group, a great group of guys, so I’m really excited. I was really happy when coach told me, but it’s definitely something I never dreamed about when I was a little kid. You always dream about playing in the NHL, but being a captain of an NHL team, it’s definitely something I never thought about. It’s a huge honor and I’m just really excited to get going.”
Ryan Ellis was named as this season's associate captain. Alternate captains are Mattias Ekholm, Ryan Johansen, and Filip Forsberg.
The announcement was made by Predators General Manager David Poile and Head Coach Peter Laviolette at a 12:30 p.m. press conference.
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