Looking at the Top Team Captains in NHL History

11/17/13 in NHL   |   patrickhoffman3530   |   122 respect

With the game having inducted several great team leaders into the Hockey Hall of Fame last week, now is as good a time as ever to look at the top team captains in NHL history, at least in my opinion.

A leader is someone who would sacrifice everything to help his team win. A leader is someone who says the right things at the right time and a leader is a player that shows what needs to be done when it needs to be done.

In the National Hockey League, there have been many players who fit the above description. These players have helped their teams win hockey games in both the regular season and playoffs, have led their clubs to division and conference titles and more importantly, have also led their clubs to Stanley Cups.

In no particular order, here are my top 10 captains in NHL history:

Raymond Bourque, Boston Bruins Blog Photo - Looking at the Top Team Captains in NHL History
While hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Raymond Bourque won a Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 2001, his legacy will be one that is remembered as a member of the Boston Bruins.

Bourque was a Bruin for 21 seasons, 15 of which he spent as the team’s captain. Bourque was the leader for the Bruins in almost every single game he played with the team.

The Hall of Fame defenseman was a steadying presence on the blue line, helped contribute to the offense and made the Bruins one of the most consistent teams in the league by helping them to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs in almost every season he was there.

There is no doubt that when it comes to the Bruins, Bourque will always go down as the franchise’s best captain.

Scott Stevens, New Jersey Devils
Another hall of fame defenseman who was a terrific leader for his franchise was Scott Stevens.

While Stevens played for both the Washington Capitals and St. Louis Blues, it was in New Jersey that Stevens would leave his mark. Stevens’ was the Devils’ team captain from 1992 through the end of his career in 2004.

As team captain, he made the Devils’ one of the most consistent teams in hockey by leading them to Atlantic Division titles, Eastern Conference titles and more importantly, three Stanley Cups. When a message needed to be delivered, it was always Stevens who gave it and answered the call for his hockey club.

Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa Senators
When Daniel Alfredsson first came to the Ottawa Senators, he was a player that struggled to find offense on a consistent basis.

This all changed when Alfredsson was awarded the captaincy in 1999. Since that season, “Alfie” has not scored lower than 59 points and has led the Senators to three Northeast Division titles and to one Stanley Cup Final, which the team lost to the Anaheim Ducks in 2007.

With over 1,000 points and more than 1,000 games played in a Senators uniform, there is no doubt that Alfredsson will go down as the franchise’s best player.

Bobby Clarke, Philadelphia Flyers
While most Canadian hockey fans remember Bobby Clarke for what he did in the 1972 Summit Series against the Soviet Union, Clarke should be more remembered as the best captain in Philadelphia Flyers’ franchise history.
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