The Montreal Canadiens announced today that Nick Suzuki
is the organization's 31st captain, the first since Shea Weber
. Suzuki's alternate captains are Brendan Gallagher
and Joel Edmundson
"Suzuki, 23, becomes the youngest captain in team history. Now embarking on his fourth professional season, he will be playing the first year of an eight-year contract extension signed in October 2021."
On top of naming their leadership group, the Habs also revealed their 2022-23 jersey sponsor:
"The Montreal Canadiens and the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) have announced a five-year jersey partnership agreement, which will see the RBC logo sewn on Canadiens player home jerseys.
The patch will be worn for all preseason, regular season, and postseason games at the Bell Centre, and weaves together two global brands with storied histories - RBC was founded in 1864 and the Canadiens in 1909.
Fans looking to stay as authentic as possible to their on-ice heroes can add the RBC patch free of charge to any official home jersey purchased in-person at a Tricolore Sports location, or by phone at 514-989-2836.
For every fan who chooses to add the RBC patch to their in-store or telephone jersey purchase, $20 will be donated to the Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation, which encourages physical activity and the adoption of a healthy lifestyle among underprivileged youth in Quebec.
Note that online orders cannot be customized with the RBC logo."
Two key announcements in one morning for Les Habitants, they now have a new captain and a new jersey sponsor. The former is obviously the more important piece of news, as Suzuki becomes the youngest captain in the storied franchise's history. With their leadership group officially named, the Habs will have a much more cohesive sense of direction going forward.