On Wednesday night the NHL announced its captains for this years NHL All-Star Game. The Lightning captain will also wear the ‘C’ for the Atlantic Conference.
Not much of an all-star surprise.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have the best record in the league and it’s largely due to the play of their captain, Steven Stamkos. On Wednesday night, the league announced that Stamkos will serve as captain of the Atlantic all-stars.
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Stamkos, received 22.18% of the votes cast for captain of the Atlantic division. Edmonton Oilers’ center Connor McDavid was the only player (25.30%) to receive a higher percentage of his division’s vote. Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals and P.K. Subban of the Nashville Predators will serve as captains of the Metropolitan and Central divisions, respectively.
While you could certainly make a case that his teammate, Nikita Kucherov, could have been voted captain, Stamkos has put up incredible numbers after missing most of last season (torn meniscus) due to injury.
- 3rd in NHL in Points (49)
- 5th in Assists (32)
- 1st in PP Goals (12)
This is the fifth all-star selection for Stamkos during his 10-year career.
The 2018 NHL All-Star Game will be played at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Sunday January 28.
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