Buffalo Sabres head coach Ted Nolan announced on Friday that the team has named forward Brian Gionta its new team captain. 

The team also announced that defenceman Josh Gorges and forward Matt Moulson will be the team's alternate captains.

Gionta becomes the 19th full-time captain in franchise history. 

He has signed a three-year, $12.75 million deal with Buffalo over the summer. Last season, he scored 18 goals and 22 assists in 81 games.