Avs make Landeskog youngest captain in NHL history Staff

9/4/2012 9:52:44 PM

The Colorado Avalanche have made National Hockey League history.

On Tuesday, the club announced that forward Gabriel Landeskog has been named team captain.  The 19-year-old becomes the youngest captain in NHL history, taking the mantle from Sidney Crosby, who was named the Penguins captain on May 31, 2007.

Landeskog takes over from Milan Hejduk who relinquished his role.  Hejduk will remain an assistant captain this upcoming season along with Paul Stastny.

Landeskog becomes just the fourth captain in Colorado Avalanche history, joining Joe Sakic, Adam Foote and Hejduk.

Landeskog won the 2012 Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's rookie of the year, after scoring 22 goals and posting 30 assists in 82 games.

He was the second overall pick in the 2011 Entry Draft.