OVECHKIN NAMED CAPS CAPTAIN
On what the captaincy means to him…
“It’s a big honor for me to be captain of the Washington Capitals. I’m going to do my best. I’m very happy and very excited.”
On what kind of captain he will be in the locker room…
“We have lots of guys that can speak up, but if I need to say something I’m going to say something. I’m just going to show it on the ice, and if they need someone to help them, I will.”
On what it means for his teammates to want him to be captain…
“Well it means a lot. It shows that they trust me, that they want me to be captain. I said to Bruce (Boudreau) right away, if you want me to be captain, ask the guys if they want me to be the captain.”
What others are saying....
“It’s awesome. We’re very glad that they picked him. He’s been the face of the franchise for a long time and it’s well deserved and well earned.”
- Capitals Defenseman Tom Poti
“I know they [the players] were really happy when I told them this morning. This doesn’t happen to often, but the group got up and cheered. I had talked to a lot of them in the last couple of days and they said that Alex [Ovechkin] was the only choice; he’s our leader, he’s our guy. I think the thing that really sort of shows how he was ready was, when I talked to him a few days ago, he said, ‘I would accept the responsibility, but only if my teammates want me to.’ Like, I mean, if they are happy with me as a Captain, I would be glad to be their Captain. So, he was already thinking about the team rather than thinking of himself, which is what good Captains do.”
- Capitals Head Coach Bruce Boudreau
“Our team has adopted Alex’s personality, and the energy, passion and drive to win that are his hallmarks have become our team’s as well. He sets the tone, on the ice as well as off. He’s respectful to everyone and a great ambassador for our team and our sport. We look forward to him leading the Washington Capitals for a long time.”
– George McPhee
“Alex is a great player and a great choice for captain. He is the best player in the NHL and I love his combination of skill and physical play. He finishes his checks and hits hard.”
– Former Capitals captain Dale Hunter
“I think he’s got all the qualities you look for in a captain, and to see that in someone so young is incredible. He’s been a leader since he’s been here, and he leads by example. If he gets upset, you can see him start to take over a game. There’s no doubt he’s deserving.”
– Former Capitals captain Yvon Labre
“He’s the best player in the world and he’s the face of the franchise. Plus he’s a great teammate. The Caps organization should feel proud to name him captain.”
– Former Capitals captain and current Tampa Bay Lightning center Jeff Halpern
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