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Vancouver Canucks announces Quinn Hughes as the new captain of the franchise

Vancouver Canucks names 23-year-old Quinn Hughes as the fifteenth captain of the franchise, starting from 2024-24, succeeding veteran Bo Horvat.

It means a great deal to me to be named captain of the Canucks. When I came here 5 years ago, I knew what I was walking in to having grown up in Toronto: just a crazy hockey market and a passionate fan base. It has been a pleasure and treat to play for this franchise and to be the captain is something that is incredibly special and something that I couldn’t ever imagine would happen,” Quinn pridely said.

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Quinn Hughes, who was drafted seventh overall by the Canucks in 2018, is making history as the first American ever to proudly wear the captain’s “C” for the Canucks. Since the 1990-91 season, Quinn is also the first defenseman to hold the esteemed captaincy title, as back then it was shared among three players, with Doug Lidster being part of that rotation. Prior to Quinn’s appointment, the last full-time defenseman to serve as captain for the Canucks was Kevin McCarthy, who held this honor from 1979 to 1982.

We informed our core leadership group that Quinn was going to be the captain,” said Canucks GM Patrik Allvin on the appointment of Hughes as the new captain. “Not only was everybody enthusiastic and supportive of the decision, but they were also extremely happy for Quinn. He is very well liked and respected inside our dressing room, and we know he will continue to grow and develop his leadership skills in the years to come.

In the 2022-23 season, Quinn Hughes continued to shine as a cornerstone defenseman for the Vancouver Canucks. Playing in a robust 78 games, Hughes showcased his remarkable playmaking abilities, amassing an impressive 76 points with 7 goals and 69 assists. His exceptional plus/minus rating of +15 demonstrated his impact on both ends of the ice, contributing significantly to the team’s success.

With a shooting percentage of 4.5%, he maintained a consistent offensive presence, and his points-per-game (P/G) average reached an impressive 1.0. In the 2022-23 season, Quinn Hughes also rose to the leadership ranks especially during the Tanner Pearson injury time and pride night celebrations, playing a pivotal role in the Canucks’ decision.

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Mohammed Bazim S is a final-year Journalism student with a deep passion for sports reporting. At the age of 19, he is already making strides towards his dream of becoming a paddock reporter and rinkside correspondent. With a particular love for ice hockey and Formula 1, Mohammed aspires to capture the excitement of these sports through immersive reporting. His enthusiasm, coupled with his dedication to honing his skills, sets him on a path towards bringing the thrilling world of sports to life for fans worldwide.

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