John Tavares named Islanders captain

Mike Stobe

John Tavares has officially been named the captain of the New York Islanders.

The New York Islanders have named John Tavares their 14th captain in club history, the team announced on Monday morning. Tavares will replace defenseman Mark Streit after he was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers this summer.

Once the trade of Streit was finalized, many assumed Tavares would take over as the team's official leader. Having registered 47 points (28 goals and 19 assists) over 48 games in 2013, Tavares earned a Hart Trophy nomination as the NHL's most valuable player.

Tavares' on-ice leadership was apparent, but manager Garth Snow explained that he operated in a similar fashion off-ice as well in the Islanders' press release.

"John has developed into an elite player in this league and become the leader of our franchise both on and off the ice," Islanders General Manager Garth Snow said. "He consistently represents our organization with class and respect. John's work ethic and determination inspires his teammates to succeed, which makes him the perfect choice to lead our franchise."

Originally selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Tavares has played in 291 career regular season games and has accumulated 249 points (112 goals and 137 assists).

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