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September 4, 2012 | 12:40pm ET
Landeskog becomes youngest captain in NHL history
TheFourthPeriod.com

The Colorado Avalanche announced today that forward Gabriel Landeskog has been appointed team captain after Milan Hejduk informed the coaching staff that he has relinquished his role.

Hejduk, who served as captain during the 2011-12 campaign, will remain as an assistant captain this upcoming season along with Paul Stastny.

At 19 years, 286 days, Landeskog is the youngest captain in NHL history. He is 11 days younger than Sidney Crosby, who was 19 years, 297 days when he was named captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins on May 31, 2007.

Landeskog becomes just the fourth captain in Colorado Avalanche history, joining Joe Sakic, Adam Foote and Hejduk. The Stockholm, Sweden native is the 11th captain in the history of the Avalanche/Nordiques franchise and only the third European-born, following Hejduk and Peter Stastny.

Landeskog, who captained the Kitchener Rangers (OHL) during his final season of junior hockey in 2010-11, won the 2012 Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's rookie of the year.

Colorado's first pick (second overall) in the 2011 Entry Draft, Landeskog finished tied for first among rookies with 52 points (22 goals / 30 assists) while appearing in all 82 games.

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