The Three Youngest Players To Be Named Captain In NHL History

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Connor McDavid captain of the Edmonton Oilers

The youngest captain in NHL history is the only one in the top three to have not won a Stanley Cup with their team. Connor McDavid was named captain of the Edmonton Oilers on Oct. 5, 2016 at the age of 19 years and 266 days. Just a week later he played his first game as captain.

In McDavid’s first season as captain he won the Art Ross Trophy, Hart Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award. he led the league in assists and points that season with 100 points throughout the 82 game season.

McDavid has won his fair share of awards throughout his eight year NHL career thus far. He has won the Art Ross five times, the Maurice Richard trophy once, three Hart Trophies and four Ted Lindsay Awards, but he has not won the Stanley Cup yet, maybe this season will be his year.

Now, the Chicago Blackhawks have decided to go into the 2023-24 season without a captain, which many think is the right move. Should the Hawks decide to name Connor Bedard as captain at the end of the season or even right before the 2024-25 season he would still be the youngest captain in NHL history, but we will have to wait and see how this year goes.