After much speculation by fans, today we finally have our answer. The New York Islanders have named #91, John Tavares as the fourteenth captain in franchise history. The announcement was made this morning prior to the Islanders golf outing. John Tavares spoke afterward stating that,
“It’s one heck of an honor to have the respect of my teammates, the organization and the Isles fans”.
Tavares was the fan favorite to become the team’s new captain, replacing Mark Streit who was traded to the Flyers. The team’s GM and former New York Islanders goalie, Garth Snow reinforced the teams choice by stating that,
“He’s a leader on and off the ice and he has great character” when asked about Tavares.
Tavares is taking his place as the team’s captain during a very exciting time for the Islanders organization. The team made the playoffs last season for the first time since 2007 and will be moving to their new home, the Barclays Center at the start of the 2015-2016 season. John Tavares is exactly the type of young, talented player that fans want to lead their team through the next few years.