Stone named first captain of Golden Knights

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Mark Stone was named the first captain of the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday.

The forward had been an alternate captain since he was acquired in a trade from the Ottawa Senators on Feb. 25, 2019.

The Golden Knights, who entered the NHL as an expansion team for the 2017-18 season, did not have a captain for their first three seasons.

Stone scored 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 20 Stanley Cup Playoff games after not playing the final six regular-season games last season because of a lower-body injury. He scored 63 points (21 goals, 42 assists) in 65 games last season and was the runner-up to Ryan O’Reilly of the St. Louis Blues in voting for the 2019 Selke Trophy, awarded to the top defensive forward in the NHL.

Stone, who has seven seasons remaining on an eight-year, $76 million contract (average annual value of $9.5 million) he signed with Vegas on March 8, 2019, has scored 74 points (26 goals, 48 assists) in 83 games with the Golden Knights in two seasons and 29 points (13 goals, 16 assists) in 27 playoff games.

Selected by Ottawa with the No. 178 pick in the 2010 NHL Draft, Stone has scored 385 points (149 goals, 236 assists) in 449 regular-season games and 42 points (18 goals, 24 assists) in 54 playoff games.

Three NHL teams remain without a captain: the New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators. Dylan Larkin was named captain of the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday.

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