The Washington Capitals named Alex Ovechkin captain on Tuesday prior to the team's 4-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.
"I'm going to do my best," Ovechkin said after the win. "I'm very happy and very excited."
"He's been the face of the franchise for a long time and it's well-deserved and well-earned," defenceman Tom Poti said.
Ovechkin is the first European-born captain in club history and the Capitals' 14th captain overall.
He is the sixth Russian-born player to be named captain of an NHL team - Ilya Kovalchuk, Pavel Bure, Alexander Mogilny, Alexei Yashin and Alexei Zhamnov. Ovechkin and Kovalchuk are the other Russian players to currently wear the 'C' in the NHL.