Steven Stamkos now the captain of Tampa Bay Lightning

3/7/14 in NHL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsTampa Bay Lightning Steven Stamkos has been out of 45 games owing to recovery from a fractured right tibia and as he returned on ice on Thursday, he will be coming as the new captain of the Lightning.

Stamkos was named the 10th captain in Lightning franchise history as they head into the march against Buffalo.

Head coach Jon Cooper said that Stankos was the exact player that they were looking for to step in as the captain and he had all the traits he was personally looking for. He said having the captain as a strong player was one of the major things that they wanted as they look to solidify their dreams to winning the Stanley Cup this season.

"Steven Stamkos was destined to be the leader of our team," Cooper said. "The fact that it's happening now just puts us one step closer to achieving our ultimate goal and that is trying to win the Stanley Cup."
He played a total of 17 games this season in which his stats stood at 14 goals and 9 assists. On November 11 he sustained a fractured tibia when they lost 3-0 to Boston after which his plans to attend the Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 had to be cancelled as he was in no shape to travel, much less play actively on the ice.

For goals, power- play goals, and game-winning goals he is ranked in 3rd position overall in the franchise history. For points he bags the 4th position.

In his absence, Eric Brewer will become the new full time sub captain.
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