The New York Islanders have decided defenseman Mark Streit will be the team's captain for the upcoming season. The Islanders named Streit as the team's 13th captain in franchise history, following in the footsteps of the now-retired Doug Weight.
"It's truly an honor to be named the captain of such a historic franchise with a rich history," Streit said in a press release issued by the team. "To follow in the foot-steps of so many legendary leaders that represented the Islanders is a role I am excited to fill. It is a privilege to be considered one of the leaders of this team and I'm committed to taking this team to the next level."
Streit missed last season completely due to a shoulder injury, but the defenseman led the team in scoring during the 2008-09 season -- his first with the team -- and finished third in the category during the 2009-10 season for the Islanders.
"Throughout his three seasons with the Islanders, Mark has been a steadying presence in our dressing room," General Manager Garth Snow said in the release. "He is constantly pushing himself to be the very best and demands the same from his teammates. Mark is a leader both on and off the ice and we are pleased to name him the 13th team captain in Islanders history."
Interesting side note? Streit has become the first Swiss captain in NHL history.