Predators name defenceman Josi captain

Predators name defenceman Josi captain”

The captain position became vacant after longtime player Mike Fisher announced his retirement in early August.

Roman Josi was named the eighth captain in franchise history Tuesday, hours before the team's preseason-opening doubleheader against the Florida Panthers.

Taken in the second round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Josi succeeds Fisher, Shea Weber, Jason Arnott, Kimmo Timonen, Greg Johnson and Tom Fitzgerald as club captain. Mark Streit, named captain of the New York Islanders in 2011, was the first. "Not only is he one of our best players, but he's also become one of the top defensemen in the entire league".

"Roman is our Roger Federer", Poile said. "He's always very classy".

"I'm really excited", Josi said in a statement.

According to Adam Vingan at The Tennessean, Ryan Ellis will serve as the associate captain with Ryan Johansen, Filip Forsberg and Mattias Ekholm named as alternate captains.

"You always dream about playing in the National Hockey League, but being a captain of an National Hockey League team, it's definitely something I never thought about", Josi said.

"He has the ability to lead men, which we've experienced in the past few years and certainly last year", Laviolette said. "He is respected by all of his teammates and his peers".

Josi also is one of five defensemen to score at least 40 points in each of the last four seasons, setting a team record with 61 points in 2015-16.

Josi, who has lead all Predators defensemen in points in each of the last three campaigns, is just as productive off the ice.

The new captain thanked both Poile and Laviolette for the opportunity and his general manager for comparing him to Federer. The captain must be hard-working, a strong leader, and someone who can put the team on his back. I've had some really good guys to learn from with Shea Weber and Mike Fisher in the time I've been here. I was really happy when coach told me, but it's definitely something I never dreamed about when I was a little kid.

Josi talked a couple weeks ago about how much all of the Predators learned from Fisher as a great role model and what an honor being a captain would be. He was part of the Predators team that reached the Cup Final in 2016-17 and tallied 14 points in their 22 games on their way to a matchup with the defending champion Penguins.

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