The Colorado Avalanche have named veteran winger Milan Hejduk team captain, NHL.com reports.
Hejduk becomes just the third Avalanche captain in its 32-year history, preceded by NHL greats Joe Sakic and Adam Foote. Hejduk had served as an assistant captain since the 2008-2009 season.
The 35-year-old Czech native “leads by example both on ice and off the ice,” Avalance head coach Joe Sacco told reporters.
Currently, Hejduk leads the team with seven goals and has been a consistent scoring threat, reaching the 20-goal mark each of the last 11 seasons. Hejduk has spent his entire NHL playing career with the Avalanche and has amassed 364 goals and 405 assists and an impressive +119 plus/minus.