Vancouver Canucks name Bo Horvat 14th captain in franchise history

The Vancouver Canucks named forward Bo Horvat the 14th captain in franchise history prior to the team’s home opener against the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday.

The team played without a captain in 2018-19 after Henrik Sedin — who had served as captain since 2010 — retired alongside his brother Daniel.

After the Canucks played their first two games of the new season on the road, they returned home for a ceremony in which Sedin and Orland Kurtenbach, the franchise’s first captain, presented Horvat with his new jersey at center ice.

Rogers Arena stadium announcer Al Murdoch read a message of hope to the home crowd and to the Canucks’ new captain as Horvat swapped the ‘A’ he previously wore as an alternate captain for a “C” on his chest.

“Bo, in our historic 50th season a new era of Canucks hockey begins, and with a new era comes change,” Murdoch said. “Bo, that change begins with your jersey.”

Horvat, 24, was the ninth-overall selection in the 2013 NHL Draft. He scored 222 points in 377 total games in his first five seasons with the Canucks, including a breakout performance last season that saw the London, Ont. native reach new career highs in goals (27), assists (34) and average time on ice (20:50 minutes per game).

The Canucks are 0-2-0 so far in 2019-20.

 

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