Being named captain of a team in any professional sport is an honor.
However, it has special meaning in the NHL. It means a player is looked up to as a leader by his teammates and the best captains in hockey history have worn the "C" on their sweater with pride and dignity.
Captains look out for the best interests of the team and the organization—and not necessarily themselves.
In addition to talking to officials whenever any matter on the ice needs explanation, they will speak to their teammates when it matters most.
Being named captain means holding a position of respect in the NHL
Some of the game's best and most legendary players have worn the "C." Here's our ranking of the 10 most respected captains in the NHL's history.