ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Wild General Manager Bill Guerin today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has named defenseman Jared Spurgeon team captain. Forward Zach Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter will continue to serve as alternate captains.
Spurgeon, 31, recorded 32 points (12-20=32) in 62 regular season games last season and ranked T-11th amongst NHL defensemen in goals. He ranked second on the team in blocked shots (102) and TOI/game (22:34) and fifth in power play points (PPP) with 13. Spurgeon notched his first career hat trick at Edmonton on Feb. 21, 2020, to become the 12th different defenseman in NHL history to record a natural hat trick. He skated in his 600th career NHL game vs. Edmonton on Oct. 22, 2019, to become the third player in franchise history to reach the milestone. Spurgeon tallied the game-winning goal (GWG) vs. Dallas on Jan. 18, 2020, to become the franchise leader in GWG by a defenseman and recorded a power-play goal (PPG) vs. Florida on Jan. 20, 2020, to become the franchise leader in PPG by a defenseman.
He was signed as a free agent by Minnesota on Sept. 23, 2010, and made his NHL debut on Nov. 29, 2010 at Calgary. The 5-foot-9, 167-pound native of Edmonton, Alberta, has collected 280 points (82-198=280), 114 penalty minutes (PIM) and a plus-50 rating in 653 career games with the Wild. Spurgeon is the franchise leader in blocked shots (1,097) and ranks fourth all-time in plus/minus rating. He is the franchise leader in goals, PPG (29), GWG (15), and hits (563) by a defenseman and ranks second in games played, points, assists, plus/minus rating, PPP (93) and shots on goal (1,056).
Spurgeon tallied four points (2-2=4) in four Stanley Cup Playoff games last season to led team defensemen in goals and scoring. He owns 21 points (8-13=21) in 48 playoff contests and ranks first in franchise history in goals, scoring, PPG, PPP (10) and blocked shots, T-1st in games played and second in assists amongst team defensemen in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Minnesota signed Spurgeon to a seven-year extension on Sept. 14, 2019, that goes through the 2026-27 season.