There are many ways to measure a great captain. Some captains are outspoken in the dressing room. Others let their actions on the ice do their talking, leading by example.
Either way, great captains are great leaders.
What makes a great leader? There are many adjectives that could be used to describe a great leader. They need to be respected. They need to be committed and loyal to the team. They need to defend their teammates. They need to lead their team in the right direction, winning and raising the Stanley Cup.
Those are just a few.
It’s hard to judge captains on these qualities as an outsider, because none of us are in the locker room and see what type of leader someone is behind closed doors.
However, some captains are obviously great captains.
Here are the best captains in each NHL team's franchise history.