Tkachuk named Senators captain, first to hold role since 2018

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Brady Tkachuk was named Ottawa Senators captain Friday.

“Brady’s ingrained understanding of what it means to be a pro has made him the right choice for the team’s captaincy,” Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said. “He holds a unique skill set and places team success above all else. Admired by teammates and coaches, and respected by opponents, he’s certain to serve as a great ambassador for both our team and for the city of Ottawa.”

The 22-year-old forward signed a seven-year, $57.5 million contract ($8.214 million average annual value) as a restricted free agent Oct. 14 and did not play the first three games this season.

In seven games he has scored four points (two goals, two assists).

“Brady personifies leadership,” Senators owner and governor Eugene Melnyk said. “While on the ice, he craves winning and commands respect. Off of it, he routinely sets a good example for his teammates and carries himself with a combination of confidence and dignity. He’s deserving of this next step in his career. We’re proud to bestow the honor of being the team’s 10th captain upon him.”

Ottawa had not had a captain since defenseman Erik Karlsson was traded to the San Jose Sharks on Sept. 13, 2018.

Tkachuk was selected by the Senators with the No. 4 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft and has scored 129 points (62 goals, 67 assists) in 205 games. He led the Senators in scoring the previous two seasons, including 36 points (17 goals, 19 assists) in 56 games in 2020-21. Tkachuk was second in the NHL last season with 220 shots on goal (Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews, 222) and 248 hits (Florida Panthers defenseman Radko Gudas, 250).

Defenseman Thomas Chabot was named an alternate captain, with forwards Connor Brown and Nick Paul and defenseman Nikita Zaitsev rotating as an alternate captain.

Five NHL teams do not have a captain: the Arizona Coyotes, Buffalo Sabres, Calgary Flames, Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Rangers. The Montreal Canadiens likely won’t have one on the ice this season after general manager Marc Bergevin said Sept. 6 that a replacement will not be named for defenseman Shea Weber, who is expected to be out the entire season because of injuries. 

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