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Rangers name Jacob Trouba 28th Captain in Franchise History

The Rangers have officially announced Jacob Trouba as the 28th Captain in Franchise history.

In a statement, Chris Drury said  “Since he joined the Rangers, Jacob has consistently displayed all of the qualities we want in a leader on and off the ice. As we look to take the next step as an organization, he is a role model for all of our players to follow and the perfect choice to be our captain.”


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In a statement, Gerard Gallant said “Right away when I got here, it was clear that Jacob had a certain presence in the locker room and among his teammates that exemplify what you need out of a captain. With where our team is at and where we want to be, he is the right person to lead us there.”

In statements, the following players said:

  • Mika Zibanejad: “To be honest, I was waiting for this to happen. I’m really excited for him. He is very honest and very genuine as a leader. Everyone in the locker room respects him and I think it was a great choice.”
  • Chris Kreider: “If you ask the guys in that locker room, 100% of them will tell you that he’s been our captain without actually wearing the “C” for the last couple of years. I’m incredibly happy for him to have this honor and to represent the team because of everything he does for us. He has broad shoulders and no matter the situation and context, he’s unequivocally himself as a person and how he leads. There’s no ego to him off the ice or on the ice, and he respects the game, his teammates and his opponents.”
  • Barclay Goodrow: “Right from Day 1 from my time on the team, he was the definite leader. Right when I signed with New York, he was the first guy to reach out and answer any questions that I had about the city and the team. It was pretty evident that he has what it takes and he sets the tone for our team. He has all the tools it takes to not only be a captain in the NHL, but the Captain for the Rangers.”

Trouba is the 12th defenseman to be named Captain and is the fourth straight American-born Captain. That streak started with current President and GM Chris Drury and was followed by Ryan Callahan and Ryan McDonagh. Trouba is one of three defensemen in the NHL (Roman Josi of Nashville and Jared Spurgeon of Minnesota) to hold the Captaincy.

He was the “‘primary intermediary’ between the players and head coach Gerard Gallant and his coaching staff.”

Adam Rotter: Trouba is the best equipped Ranger right now to be the Captain. He’s very even-keeled, he plays with an edge, sets a tone and has been a leader since he was acquired. His play in his first two-years didn’t warrant being named Captain and in some ways I was glad he wasn’t named Captain prior to last season in case he didn’t elevate his game or find consistency. But he did. Whether it was going from David Quinn to Gerard Gallant, just getting more comfortable in his role and in New York, or something else, Trouba was excellent last season.

He was physical, blocked shots, played against tough competition and quietly had 11 goals and 28 assists. He and K’Andre Miller were a great pair for the Rangers. He had some game/momentum changing hits that were all deemed legal and he became the player that the Rangers traded for and gave a seven-year, $8 million per year contract to.

I don’t think having the “C” on his jersey will be too much for Trouba, hurt his game or get him trying to do too much. The Rangers just need him to continue to be a physical, responsible player. He can chip in offense at times, he can play on the second PP, but his best value to the Rangers is his size, physicality, toughness and defense. That and his relationship with K’Andre Miller/how he has helped Miller develop are why he means so much to the Rangers. I think there are great cases that could be made for Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider or Adam Fox to wear the “C,” but for this moment in time and where the Rangers are, Trouba is the best man for the job.