The Captain is a position that requires a certain breed of hockey player. They are the leader of their team both on and off the ice, and it's their job to motivate their teammates, and to help the coach in making sure they remain a cohesive unit. They are the ambassador of their team, and they must possess all of the intangibles that make a leader great. They need to be able to unify and inspire their team. Suffice it to say that this is not a job that every player can do.
Some people argue that the integrity of this position has been diluted over the last few years, as teams seem to care more about goal-scoring than about actual leadership quality, but there is no denying the NHL has seen some of the best leaders in the history of professional sports.
I want to preface this article by saying that this is not ranked in any particular order. I made rough draft rankings over and over again, and it was impossible to get something incredibly consistent. I know there are big names that were left off of this list, and just because they didn't make my cut doesn't mean I don't think they were great. I encourage debate, but please keep it classy.
Anyways, some of the classiest, most respected, and sometimes boldest leaders are products of the NHL. So here are my top 5 NHL Captains of All Time. Enjoy!