The Vegas Golden Knight have named Mark Stone as their first team captain. The announcement was made Wednesday.
“Honestly, I was just kind of speechless,” Stone said. “For this organization in three years to be where it’s at, it’s very humbling for me. Big honour. Something that I’m not going to take lightly and something that I’m really excited to do.”
Vegas didn’t have a captain for the first three seasons since joining the NHL as an expansion squad in the 2017-2018 season, but Stone had been serving as alternate captain since coming aboard in February of 2019.
The 28-year-old is just a year into his current eight-year contract with Vegas and is in it for the long haul. The Ottawa Senators draft pick has 385 points in 449 regular season games, including 149 goals. His best statistical season to date was a 64-point campaign with the Senators in 2014-2015, followed by a 63-point run in Vegas in 2019-2020. The latter saw him amass 21 goals and 42 assists in just 65 games.
“We’ve made the decision in each of the three preceding years to go with alternate captains only, and this time around, in discussions that we had with president George McPhee, with (coach) Peter DeBoer, his coaching staff, myself, we felt we had the obvious guy and that this was the time to name a captain,” Vegas general manager Kelly McCrimmon said.
Last season, Stone was the runner-up to the Selke Trophy – eventually won by St. Louis’ Ryan O’Reilly – and he put together 17 points in 20 playoff games, including seven goals and 10 helpers.
The Golden Knights weren’t the only team to name a captain Wednesday, as the Detroit Red Wings unveiled Dylan Larkin as their 37th captain in franchise history and the successor to Henrik Zetterberg.
As of press time, only the Senators, New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers remain without a captain.
The Golden Knights open their regular season Thursday against the Anaheim Ducks.