Nashville Predators General Manager David Poile announced today thatcenter Jason Arnott has been named the fourth captain in franchise history while forwards J.P. Dumont and Steve Sullivan will serve as his assistants for the 2007-08 National Hockey League season.
Arnott, 32 (10/11/74), tied for the team lead in goals (27) in 2006-07, his first season with the Predators. The 6-4, 220-pound center has posted more than 20 goals in eight straight seasons and 10 times total in his 13 NHL campaigns. The Collingwood, Ont. native has recorded 698 points (303g-395a) in 892 career games with Edmonton, New Jersey, Dallas and Nashville, advanced to the post-season nine times and played in the Stanley Cup Finals twice, winning the trophy in 2000.
“We signed Jason in the summer of 2006 for his on-ice contributions, but we were also very interested in him for his leadership and experience,” said Poile. “He has been one of the most consistent offensive contributors in the league over the last decade, has won the Stanley Cup and is a commanding and respected presence within our dressing room.”
Dumont, 29 (4/1/78), established career-highs and ranked second on the Predators in assists (45) and points (66) in 2006-07 after spending the previous five
seasons with the Buffalo Sabres. The 6-1, 205-pound native of Montreal, Que., who wore the captain’s “C” with Buffalo in January of 2004, led the Predators with four goals and six points (4g-2a) in the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Sullivan, 33 (7/6/74), was acquired from Chicago on February 16, 2004 and has averaged over a point per game (62g-96a-158pts in 150 games) as a Nashville Predator. The 5-8, 165-pound native of Timmins, Ont. has posted 20 goals and 60 points in seven straight seasons. Sullivan wore the “A” for Nashville full-time last season.
Tom Fitzgerald was the first captain in Nashville Predators history, wearing the “C” from July 6, 1998-March 13, 2002. Greg Johnson took over as the team’s captain prior to the 2002-03 season and held the role through the end of 2005-06 before Kimmo Timonen was named captain on October 3, 2006.
The 2007 Nashville Predators Training Camp will open with testing, physicals and photos on Thursday, September 13 at the Sommet Center, and the team’s first on-ice practice will be on Friday, September 14 at 9:30 a.m. at Centennial Sportsplex. All sessions at the Sportsplex are free and open to the public with the exception of practices on Sunday, September 16 and Sunday, September 23. The Sportsplex will be closed to the public those two days.Additional Comments from the captaincy press conferenceCaptain Jason Arnott
"This is the biggest honor a player can get. Kimmo was great for us last year and it was sad to see him go, but we are ready to move on with J.P., Sully, our new guys and the rest of our leadership core. With all those guys, it makes my job a lot easier."
"As a captain, I don't think you can be overly vocal, because the guys in the dressing room don't want that. You have to speak when you need to speak, but we have a lot of veterans on this team, in addition to the younger guys, who we want to hear more from. You have to be an all-around captain, and I want to do that on the ice as well as off the ice." David Poile
"These three players have shown a great ability to work together on the ice, often serving as a line, and this year they will be our leaders off the ice, as the captains of this hockey club.
Sully has been an assistant captain for the past two years and is one of the offensive leaders on our team. He was sorely missed in the playoffs last year and we need him back as soon as possible because he is the emotional leader on our hockey club.
J.P. was a great signing for us last off season as we saw during the regular season, and we saw him elevate to an even higher level in the playoffs last season. He sets an example for all of our younger players.
Jason was a major signing for us in 2006 as a free agent addition. We got him first and foremost for his in-ice contributions, but in addition to that we got him for his leadership and experience."