The role of a Captain in Hockey

Many players may ask what is the role of a captain in hockey? or What does a captain do? Well I think the NHL summed it up nicely in this video, featuring some of the best captains in the NHL


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  1. Reply Matt June 5, 2013 at 1:30 am

    Going to start with the fact that I love the site and I’ve learned quite a bit from your articles. I think this post needs a bit more. It’s a nice video and all, but nothing is said about what a captain is actually responsible for, at least as far as the fact that a captain discusses rules and calls with the officials and other players aren’t supposed to, as well as how to assign a good captain. It can be a tough decision for a coach as far as naming a captain and it would be nice to see a little bit of help towards that.


    • Reply Jeremy Rupke June 5, 2013 at 10:02 am

      I totally agree, I just tossed this article up when I first started the website. I’m talking with an NHL captain now, he’s thinking of writing an article for the site. Fingers crossed.

  2. Reply Doug January 25, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    Way too much Crosby, where was Lidstrom? Fun, but I was hoping for some youth captain tips. Thx

  3. Reply Jim March 1, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Thanks for the Great video.

    What are your insights on captains at the youth hockey level. I was never a fan of them because I could not see the true value. Most coaches appoint captains based on team votes which turns it into a popularity contest. The age group I am referring to would be Squite, PeeWee and Bantam levels.


    • Reply Offense March 4, 2010 at 3:20 am

      I think at younger ages assigning a captain is not necessary. A captain is a leader among the other team mates, and at a young age the leaders are the coaches. To keep things fair you can always have a rotating “C” that changes every month or so, this way players will be rewarded for leadership and good sportsmanship.

  4. Reply Walt Webb January 28, 2010 at 8:58 am

    Good work here Jeremy. I might be compelled to write a post for your training site. Give me some good reasons for doing so. I get requests to do product reviews sometimes but that can cost $$ after all my time is worth something.
    You may want to get your rank up a bit more first. What we could do for now is link our sites. You could be a Allsports friend on my blog roll and I could appear on your blog roll. Then I could maybe do a short post.
    Walt AKA All Sports on the Web

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