RALEIGH, NC - Rod Brind'Amour, Head Coach of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that Jordan Staal will serve as the team's captain for the 2019-20 season. Jordan Martinook and Jaccob Slavin will serve as alternate captains.
Staal, 31, previously served as co-captain during the 2017-18 season and served as an alternate captain during each of his other six seasons with Carolina (2012-17, 2018-19). Prior to joining the Hurricanes, he also served as an alternate captain during his last four seasons in Pittsburgh (2008-12). The 6'4", 220-pound forward has registered 510 points (217g, 293a) in 893 career NHL games, including 262 points (97g, 165a) in 462 career games with the Hurricanes. The Thunder Bay, Ont., native posted 28 points (11g, 17a) in 50 regular season games in 2018-19 and added 10 points (4g, 6a) in 15 playoff games as Carolina advanced to the Eastern Conference Final. Staal was acquired by the Hurricanes from the Penguins in exchange for Brandon Sutter, Brian Dumoulin and a first-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft (Derrick Pouliot) on June 22, 2012.
Martinook, 27, scored a career-high 15 goals and added 10 assists last season while skating in all 82 games for the first time in his NHL career. The Brandon, Man., native led the Hurricanes with 199 hits in 2018-19 and recorded a career-high 53 takeaways. Martinook has posted 90 points (41g, 49a) in 329 career NHL games with Arizona and Carolina. The 6'1", 204-pound forward was acquired by the Hurricanes from the Coyotes along with a fourth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft (Luke Henman) in exchange for Marcus Kruger and a third-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft (Ty Emberson) on May 3, 2018.
Slavin, 25, recorded 31 points (8g, 23a) in 82 NHL games with Carolina last season. He posted a team-high 11 assists during the Hurricanes' run to the Eastern Conference Final and set a franchise single-series playoff record with nine assists during the Eastern Conference First Round vs. Washington. The 6'3", 213-pound defenseman has appeared in 303 consecutive regular season games entering the 2019-20 season, marking the third-longest ironman streak in franchise history. Slavin has registered 115 points (23g, 92a) in 309 career NHL games with Carolina, and his 300 career takeaways are the third-most by any NHL player since he entered the league in 2015-16. The Erie, Colo., native was drafted by the Hurricanes in the fourth round, 120th overall, of the 2012 NHL Draft.