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Avalanche make Gabriel Landeskog the youngest captain in NHL history

Tuesday, 09.04.2012 / 1:35 PM / News

The Canadian Press

DENVER - The Colorado Avalanche have made Gabriel Landeskog the youngest captain in NHL history.

At 19 years 286 days, Landeskog is 11 days younger than Sidney Crosby was when he was given the "C" by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2007.

Landeskog was the second overall pick in the 2011 draft and won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year last season.

He had 18 goals and 52 points for the Avs while playing all 82 games. The teenager finished with a plus-20 rating.

Landeskog takes over the captaincy from Milan Hejduk, who recently informed coach Joe Sacco that he wanted to relinquish the role.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round