NEW YORK - Veteran forward Chris Drury was named captain of the New York Rangers on Friday.
The 32-year-old centre, who is entering his 10th season in the NHL and second with the Rangers, is the 25th captain in franchise history.
"Chris Drury is a natural leader who possesses all of the qualities and characteristics we desire from our captain," said general manager Glen Sather.
"He has always been known as a clutch performer and a winner. Chris leads by example with his tireless work ethic on and off the ice, and is extremely deserving of this honour."
Forward Jaromir Jagr was team captain last season. He will play with Omsk Avangard of Russia's new Continental Hockey League (KHL) this season.
The Rangers also announced that forwards Scott Gomez and Markus Naslund have been named assistant captains.
Drury recorded 58 points (25-33) in 82 games last season. He was originally selected by the Quebec Nordiques in the third round (No. 72 overall) in the 1994 NHL entry draft.