Eichel named captain of the Sabres

Jack Eichel becomes the 19th full-time captain in franchise history

Brayton Wilson
October 03, 2018 - 12:15 pm

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For the Buffalo Sabres' season opener on Thursday night, Jack Eichel will not only have a new number on his sweater, but will now have a new letter on his chest.

At the end of practice on Tuesday, head coach Phil Housley gathered his players at center ice and named Eichel as team captain.

The 21-year-old becomes the 19th full time captain (27th with rotating captains) in franchise history replacing Brian Gionta, who last captained the team in the 2016-17 season. Eichel was named as an alternate captain to start the 2017-18 season along with Zach Bogosian, Kyle Okposo and Ryan O'Reilly, but the team went without a captain.

Bogosian and Okposo will remain as alternate captains as the team heads into the 2018-19 season.

Eichel is entering his fourth season of his NHL career after the Sabres took him with the second overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. In 209 career games with the Sabres, Eichel has scored 73 goals and registered 177 points. Last year, Eichel set a career-high in goals (25), assists (39) and points (64) in 67 games played. He is also entering the first year of an eight-year, $80 million deal he signed last summer.

Here is the complete list of captains in franchise history:

  1. Floyd Smith - 1970-71
  2. Gerry Meehan - 1971-74
  3. Jim Schoenfeld - 1974-77
  4. Danny Gare - 1977-82
  5. Gilbert Perreault - 1982-87
  6. Lindy Ruff - 1987-89
  7. Mike Foligno - 1989-91
  8. Mike Ramsay - 1991-92
  9. Pat LaFontaine - 1992-97
  10. Alexander Mogilny - 1993-94
  11. Michael Peca - 1997-2000
  12. Stu Barnes - 2001-03
  13. Miroslav Satan - 2003
  14. Chris Drury - 2003, 2004, 2005-07
  15. James Patrick - 2003
  16. J.P. Dumont - 2004
  17. Daniel Briere - 2004, 2005-07
  18. Jochen Hecht - 2007, 2008
  19. Toni Lydman - 2007
  20. Brian Campbell - 2007
  21. Jaroslav Spacek - 2008
  22. Jason Pominville - 2008, 2011-13
  23. Craig Rivet - 2008-11
  24. Thomas Vanek - 2013
  25. Steve Ott - 2013-14
  26. Brian Gionta - 2014-17
  27. Jack Eichel - 2018-Present

The Sabres kick off the 2018-19 season against the Boston Bruins on Thursday night at KeyBank Center. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m. and can be heard on WGR Sports Radio 550 with Rick Jeanneret and Rob Ray on the call.

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