On Monday, September 9th, 2013, the New York Islanders will announce the 14th captain in team history. Rumblings about who would take the place of Mark Streit, who was traded to the Flyers, started immediately after the trade was announced, and everyone was curious as to who would be the next captain.  My personal opinion is one that seems to go along with the thinking of many other Islanders fans, with most saying that the next logical choice would be #91,  John Tavares. The 22 year old center has already shown many of the qualities that a captain should possess.  Tavares, a 2013 Hart Memorial Trophy finalist has become one of the main “faces” of the New York Islanders franchise. Already an alternate captain since the 2011-2012 seasons, Tavares is used to taking on a leadership role.  In 2011 he signed a 6 year contract to stay with the team after finishing the initial 3 year contract he signed after being picked first overall by the New York Islanders at the 2009 NHL draft. John Tavares possess some of the best talent on the team, knows how to lead, and is very much committed to the New York Islanders and to me, he seems like an easy choice to wear the “C”.

Marissa has a B.A. in Communications with a minor in Arts and Entertainment Management from Pace University in New York City and and a MSEd from Hofstra University on Long Island. A history teacher by profession, sports and entertainment were her first loves. She got her start in journalism at the age of fourteen, having her own radio show and interviewing bands for her high school radio station.. A long time Islanders fan, she was hooked after attending her first game at the age of seven. Marissa has worked for the New Jersey Devils and NBC.


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