Oct 022008
 
Ohlund, Kesler, Luongo and Mitchell

Photo credit: canucks.com

Goaltender Roberto Luongo’s selection as captain of the Vancouver Canucks may have been unconventional but I think it’s still the right choice. No one can dispute that he is the Canucks’ best player. He makes his teammates better. He makes the team better. He is one of Canucks’ most vocal leaders, and really, they’ll go as far as Luongo takes them. By definition, he already was the team’s captain. And that’s just the on-ice stuff.

One of the characteristics I’ve admired most in Canucks captains is their dedication to charities and involvement in the communities. Trevor Linden, Markus Naslund, Stan Smyl all devoted a great chunk of their time at Canucks Place and other causes. Luongo has already started embracing the same causes. For example, after Naslund signed with the Rangers, Luongo took over “Nazzy’s Suite Corner”, a program which gives sick and underprivileged kids an opportunity to watch Canucks games. It has since been renamed as “Lui’s Crease Corner”, and like Naslund before him, Luongo pays for use of the suite out of his own pockets.

To be honest, I didn’t even consider Luongo as a possible candidate for the captaincy. After all, NHL rule 14-D states that no goaltender can serve as captain – Joe Pelletier has a great history of this rule on his blog. – and in fact, the Canucks had to seek an exemption from the NHL prior to formally announcing Luongo as their team captain. The NHL approved the exemption on the conditions that Luongo can’t wear the ‘C’ on his jersey and the Canucks designate alternates to confer with the officials (Willie Mitchell) and perform the ceremonial duties (Mattias Ohlund).

While I understand the logistical issues with a goaltender having to leave the crease to talk to the officials, I don’t understand the issue with wearing the ‘C’ on his jersey. My feeling is that if the league approved Luongo’s appointment as team captain, they should have also approved him having a ‘C’ on his jersey. Remember that this is the same NHL that was considering plastering ads all over the goalie. I imagine Francesco Acquilini or Mike Gillis will start petitioning the league at some point to change this rule.

Regardless, after a summer of speculating, the Canucks finally have their captain and a worthy choice at that. He’s their best player and a proven leader. With or without a ‘C’ on his jersey.

  • Hailey

    toobad mitchell not captain :( o well, its stupid luongo can’t were the C

  • Hailey

    toobad mitchell not captain :( o well, its stupid luongo can’t were the C

  • http://canuckshockeyblog.com J.J. Guerrero

    I agree. I don’t see the big deal in letting him wear it. I hope the league revisits that rule.

  • http://canuckshockeyblog.com J.J. Guerrero

    I agree. I don’t see the big deal in letting him wear it. I hope the league revisits that rule.

  • Hailey

    That would be nice if they did- i imagine they will change it by the end of this season

  • Hailey

    That would be nice if they did- i imagine they will change it by the end of this season

  • http://weisstechhockey.com/blog/ Weiss Tech Hockey

    I agree – I don’t see the big deal with letting him wear it… but at the same time, it still seems a little weird to me. I guess we’ll see what happens.

  • http://weisstechhockey.com/blog/ Weiss Tech Hockey

    I agree – I don’t see the big deal with letting him wear it… but at the same time, it still seems a little weird to me. I guess we’ll see what happens.

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  • http://www.firstchoicepharmacy.co.uk/ Illemoloomi

    Nice blog mate :)

  • http://www.firstchoicepharmacy.co.uk/ Illemoloomi

    Nice blog mate :)

  • Al

    I’m no hockey expert and don’t make too much of a point to watch most of the time, but for the last 10 years have been a pub bartender in Vancouver so I have been reluctantly exposed to the last decade of hockey in vancouver. It seems to me that a lot of people (zombies)jump the bandwagon just for the heck of having something to scream at without really caring about the actual team. This year, what saddens me is that too many people are focusing on one particular person on the team rather than the whole team when most of the team is just as good as the “one” being focused on. Why is everyone kissing the goalie’s keister? Guess they (or maybe WE) don’t believe in the TEAM enough. So if something happens to the goalie here – what…we’re SOL? I just think the rest of the team is just as good as the goalie here and the FOCUS and all the nice petting should be more evenly spread amongst the TEAM rather than just one player. We just may get a cup outta them – what if the goalie became injured and couldn’t participate in the playoffs? Guess we would just curl up and die because no one seems to really believe in anyone but the goalie….
    sad. My condolences to the rest of the guys on the team who are giving it their all and not really getting any cudos for it.

  • Al

    I’m no hockey expert and don’t make too much of a point to watch most of the time, but for the last 10 years have been a pub bartender in Vancouver so I have been reluctantly exposed to the last decade of hockey in vancouver. It seems to me that a lot of people (zombies)jump the bandwagon just for the heck of having something to scream at without really caring about the actual team. This year, what saddens me is that too many people are focusing on one particular person on the team rather than the whole team when most of the team is just as good as the “one” being focused on. Why is everyone kissing the goalie’s keister? Guess they (or maybe WE) don’t believe in the TEAM enough. So if something happens to the goalie here – what…we’re SOL? I just think the rest of the team is just as good as the goalie here and the FOCUS and all the nice petting should be more evenly spread amongst the TEAM rather than just one player. We just may get a cup outta them – what if the goalie became injured and couldn’t participate in the playoffs? Guess we would just curl up and die because no one seems to really believe in anyone but the goalie….
    sad. My condolences to the rest of the guys on the team who are giving it their all and not really getting any cudos for it.

  • James

    it only makes sense he’s on the ice all the time

  • James

    it only makes sense he’s on the ice all the time

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