CALGARY, AB -- On Tuesday morning, 20-year-old Sean Monahan was named one of the Calgary Flames alternate captains.
Captain Mark Giordano presented Monahan with his new jersey before practice.
He and Dennis Wideman will alternate wearing the 'A' during home and away games this season. Kris Russell will continue donning an 'A' in all games in the 2015-16 campaign.
Monahan, who netted 31 goals and 62 points in his sophomore NHL season, has been lauded for his maturity and leadership skills throughout his hockey career. As a 15-year-old, he captained the Mississauga Rebels and led his team to an OHL Cup title and was named the tournament's most valuable player. During part of his tenure with the Ottawa 67's in the Ontario Hockey League, he served as the team's captain.
After practice on Monday, Bob Hartley was questioned about the pivot's progression over the last two years and the bench boss couldn't say enough about the Flames' 2013 first round pick.
"He’s not even close to his prime yet and he’s showing unbelievable poise and great maturity," Hartley raved. "What you guys probably couldn’t see last year was his leadership. He is really growing well in this organization. Last year, towards the end of the year, especially in the playoffs, he was vocal, he was a leader. He was starting to be a leader and that’s so important.
"Leadership isn’t about age. It’s about responsibilities, it’s about who you are, and showing your personality. Sean will never be the most vocal guy, but even last year a few times, Marty and I were looking at each other on the bench and saying, 'That really came out of Mony?' It was good. I think that he’s ready to take that next step. We challenged him with this. We want him to be even more present. His game is just unbelievable. Obviously he’s a big part of this organization."