DENVER, CO - MARCH 22: Milan Hejduk #23 of the Colorado Avalanche skates against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Pepsi Center on March 22, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Hejduk scored the game winning goal as the Avalanche defeated the Blue Jackets 5-4 in an overtime shootout. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
It seemed like it might never happen, but the Avalanche have finally given the captaincy to someone. Milan Hejduk, the most senior member of the team - both in age and years of service - will take the helm for the burgundy and blue this season. He will sport his shiny new C starting tomorrow night in Pittsburgh.
The Duke is a logical choice. He's a quiet leader, for sure, but he is a leader. His consistency on ice is exactly what the young team needs to see and emulate. He's also heralded by the team as being a fun guy who's prone to making jokes and keeping perspective in the locker room.
"Milan is a player who leads by example both on and off the ice," said Avalanche Head Coach Joe Sacco. "He is a product of this organization and won a Stanley Cup with this franchise. He is well respected among his teammates and we feel he deserves this opportunity and responsibility."
Hejduk is in his 13th season with the Avs and has been an alternate captain for the team since 2008-2009. He currently leads the team with 7 goals and is tied for second in points with 13. Presumably, he will remain the captain until his retirement.