The six-alternate approach that the Rangers embraced on their way to the conference finals has come to an end. So have four-plus seasons without a captain in a league where no team has won the Stanley Cup without one since the 1972 Bruins.
When the Blueshirts take the ice this season, Jacob Trouba will be the Captain. Trouba had served as an alternate the previous two years while being lauded for his leadership abilities by both his first Rangers coach, David Quinn, and his successor and incumbent, Gerard Gallant.
The 28-year-old native of Rochester, MI becomes the 28th captain in franchise history and first since Ryan McDonagh was traded at the 2018 deadline. Trouba also becomes the fourth consecutive U.S.-born player to wear the “C,” after Chris Drury (2008-11), Ryan Callahan (2011-14) and McDonagh (2014-18).