ST. LOUIS - St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that Ryan O'Reilly has been named the 23rd Captain in team history.
Vladimir Tarasenko, Brayden Schenn and Colton Parayko will serve as Assistant Captains.
"We are pleased to announce Ryan as the Captain of the St. Louis Blues," said Armstrong. "Ryan, along with Vladimir, Brayden and Colton, will have our full support as we move forward."
"Ryan's work ethic on and off the ice and his commitment day in and day out is second to none," said Head Coach Craig Berube. "He leads by example with how hard he works during practices and our games and he relays the right message from our coaching staff to our entire team."
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O'Reilly, 29, begins his third season with the Blues and his 12th season in the NHL. Already winning a Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe and Selke Trophy in his short tenure with St. Louis, O'Reilly will now don the "C" for the first time in his career. He has played in 804 career NHL games while 153 of those have been with the Blues. O'Reilly was traded to St. Louis by Buffalo on July 1, 2018 in exchange for Tage Thompson, Vladimir Sobotka, Patrik Berglund, a first-round draft pick in the 2019 NHL Draft and a second-round draft pick in the 2021 NHL Draft.
Tarasenko, 29, begins his ninth season in St. Louis after being selected in the first round of the 2010 NHL Draft. He has been an Assistant Captain for the past four seasons. Tarasenko has played in 507 NHL games, all with St. Louis, while recording 428 points (214 goals, 214 assists).
Schenn, 29, begins his fourth season in St. Louis after coming over in a trade with Philadelphia in exchange for Jori Lehtera, a first-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft and a first-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. He has played in 658 career NHL games and recorded 430 points (179 goals, 251 assists).
Parayko, 27, begins his sixth season in St. Louis after being drafted by the Blues in the third round of the 2012 NHL Draft. He has played in 386 NHL games and has scored 10 goals in each of the last two seasons. Parayko was second on the team in points among defenseman last season.
Video: O'Reilly holds first press conference as captain