The Edmonton Oilers have named Connor McDavid as the 15th captain in team history. The native of Newmarket, Ontario also becomes the youngest team captain in Oilers and NHL history, at 19 years and 266 days.
The organization also named Jordan Eberle, Milan Lucic and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins as alternate captains.
McDavid is in his second season with the Oilers, after being selected 1st overall by Edmonton in the 2015 NHL Draft. He registered 48 points (19G, 32A) in 45 games in his rookie season and was a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded to the NHL's top rookie.
After the NHL season, McDavid went on to win gold with Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Hockey Championship, becoming the youngest of four Canadians all-time (McDavid, Eberle, Taylor Hall, Ryan Ellis) to have captured gold at the World Hockey Championship, the World Junior Hockey Championship and the U18 World Men's Hockey Championship.
McDavid recently captained Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, registering three assists in three games. McDavid also served as team captain with the OHL's Erie Otters, leading the Otters to the OHL final in 2015, before losing out to the eventual Memorial Cup champions, the Oshawa Generals.
In 2015, he was named the CHL's Player of the Year, the OHL's Most Outstanding Player, the OHL's Scholastic Player of the Year and the OHL's Playoff Most Valuable Player. McDavid led the OHL in post-season scoring during the 2015 playoffs, accumulating 49 points (21G, 28A) in 20 games. He was also the OHL's Most Sportsmanlike Player and Scholastic Player of the Year in 2014, while also being named the CHL's Scholastic Player of the Year.
McDavid played in the OHL in 2012-13 as a 15 year old, after becoming the third player to be granted "Exceptional Player" status, allowing him to play at the major junior level a year earlier than otherwise permissible. Only John Tavares and Aaron Ekblad preceded him in getting granted this status.
Jordan Eberle, 26, is entering his seventh season with the Edmonton Oilers, registering 331 points (145G, 186A) in 425 games, including four seasons with more than 20 goals and one 30 goal season. The native of Regina, Sask. has represented Canada internationally nine times, winning gold at the 2008 U18 World Men's Hockey Championship, the 2009 World Junior Hockey Championship and the 2015 World Hockey Championship.
Milan Lucic, 28, is entering his 10th season in the NHL, his first with the Oilers. The native of Vancouver, B.C. has appeared in 647 NHL games, registering 397 points (159G, 238A). He has also played in 101 playoff games, accumulating 64 points (26G, 38A) and winning the Stanley Cup as a member of the Boston Bruins in 2011. Lucic has represented Canada internationally, captaining Canada to a series win at the 2007 Canada-Russia Junior Super Series.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, 23, is entering his sixth NHL season, all with the Oilers. Nugent-Hopkins has accumulated 222 points (77G, 145A) in 313 games. The native of Burnaby, B.C. has represented Canada internationally three times and played with Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, registering three points (1G, 2A), in three games.
YOUNGEST CAPTAINS IN NHL HISTORY
Connor McDavid 19 years, 266 days
Gabriel Landeskog 19 years, 286 days
Sidney Crosby 19 years, 297 days
Vincent Lecavalier 19 years, 315 days
Jonathan Toews 20 years, 80 days
Steve Yzerman 21 years, 151 days
Jim Schoenfeld 21 years, 362 days
NOTE: Brian Bellows was 19 years and 131 days, when he served as interim captain of the Minnesota North Stars in 1984, due to an injury to regular team captain Craig Hartsburg