The Columbus Blue Jackets President and General Manager Doug MacLean and Head Coach Gerard Gallant announced today that defenseman Luke Richardson will remain the team's captain for the second consecutive season and that left wing Rick Nash, defenseman Adam Foote and right wing David Vyborny will serve as alternate captains on a rotating basis.
Richardson, 36, is entering his 18th National Hockey League season and third with the Blue Jackets. He has registered 32 goals and 147 assists for 179 points with 1,925 penalty minutes in 1,247 career games with the Blue Jackets, Philadelphia Flyers, Edmonton Oilers and Toronto Maple Leafs. He enters the 2005-06 season eighth among current players in games played.
Nash, 21, became the youngest player in NHL history to lead the league in goals in 2003-04 when he tallied 41-16-57 with 87 penalty minutes in 80 games with Columbus. He won the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy and played in his first All-Star Game that season. Since that time, he helped Canada win a silver medal at the 2005 World Championships as he earned All-Tournament Team honors.
Vyborny, 30, is the Blue Jackets' all-time leader in games played (315) and ranks second in goals, assists and points with 68-94-162 in four seasons with the club. He enters the season having played in a team-record 161 consecutive games since Oct. 17, 2002. Vyborny, who has represented the Czech Republic nine times at the World Championships, is coming off his best NHL season in 2003-04 when he notched 22-31-53 in 82 games.
Foote, 34, is entering his 14th NHL season and first with the Blue Jackets. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Colorado Avalanche (1996 and 2001) and won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2002 Olympic Games. He has registered 55-179-234 and 1,140 penalty minutes in 799 career games with the Colorado/Quebec organization and is the franchise's all-time leader in playoff games played with 154.
Columbus begins its fifth NHL campaign on Wednesday at 7 p.m. against the Washington Capitals at the MCI Center. The Blue Jackets play their home opener on, October 7 against the defending Western Conference champion Calgary Flames. Game time at Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m. Both games will be televised live on FSN Ohio beginning at 6:30 p.m. with IceBreaker, a 30-minute pre-game show.