SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough and Head Coach Jacques Lemaire announced today that defenseman Kim Johnsson will serve as team captain for the month of December. Left wing Andrew Brunette and center Mikko Koivu were named permanent alternate captains for the 2008-09 NHL season in October.
Johnsson, 32 (3/6/76), will serve as Wild captain for the first time. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound native of Malmo, Sweden, skated in his 600th NHL game Oct. 14, and he has totaled 251 points (59-192=251) in 622 games with the New York Rangers, Philadelphia and Minnesota. This season, Johnsson ranks third amongst team defensemen with eight points (1-7=8) in 22 games, while leading all Wild players in time on ice (24:55). He was signed by the Wild as a free agent July 1, 2006. Johnsson was New York’s 11th-round pick (No. 286 overall) in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.
Minnesota will continue to rotate its team captaincy on a monthly basis this season based on the player who has shown the greatest leadership qualities.