Farmingdale, NY (Sports Network) - John Tavares, already the face of the New York Islanders' revival, is now the official leader of the club.
Tavares was named the 14th captain in Islanders history on Monday prior to a Children's Foundation golf outing at the Bethpage State Park course.
"John has developed into an elite player in this league and become the leader of our franchise both on and off the ice," Islanders general manager Garth Snow said in a statement. "He consistently represents our organization with class and respect. John's work ethic and determination inspires his teammates to succeed, which makes him the perfect choice to lead our franchise."
The Islanders selected the center with the first pick in the 2009 NHL Draft.
Tavares, who will turn 23 on Sept. 20, was a finalist for the Hart Trophy as the league's MVP after potting 28 goals and collecting 19 assists in 48 games last season and helping the Islanders clinch a playoff berth for the first time since 2007.
The Ontario native inherits the 'C' from defenseman Mark Streit, who is now a member of the Philadelphia Flyers.
"I'm honored to be named captain of the New York Islanders," Tavares said in a statement. "To represent my teammates, coaches, management and the incredible fans that support this historic franchise is something that I take seriously. My experiences over the past four seasons have prepared me for this responsibility and I look forward to the challenge of leading the Islanders each season as we contend for the Stanley Cup."
For his career, Tavares has totaled 112 goals and 137 assists in 291 games.
09/09 11:13:32 ET
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