Vancouver’s worst-kept secret has officially come to light – in an on-ice ceremony during the Canucks season home-opener this evening, Bo Horvat was announced as the NHL team’s new team captain.
There had been much speculation over who the new captain may have been this year – or if they’d even name one – but it was the general consensus across the board that Canucks’ forward Horvat would take the proverbial cake – despite the fact that Vancouver went without a captain their past 2018-19 season.
It was following the retirement of Henrik and Daniel Sedin at the end of the 2017-18 season that the Canucks were without a fearless leader – after all, who could really fill the role following Henrik’s 8 year tenure as captain?
Though there was much allusion prior to Bo being actually announced as Vancouver’s new #1, the team did come out and name their leadership core a week before the official announcement of captaincy – slotting the usual suspects Chris Tanev, Alex Edler and Brandon Sutter to sport the ‘A’s this season alongside Horvat.
— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) October 10, 2019
Bo Horvat joined the Canucks roster in 2014, and has been consistent in his leadership role, on and off the ice – especially since the departure of Henrik and Daniel Sedin. He also was named an NHL All-Star in 2017, being the youngest Canuck to be selected to play in an All-Star game since Trevor Linden.
It was also in 2017 that the forward was re-signed to a six-year, $33 million contract extension worth $5.5 million annually.
In April of 2018, Horvat was named to Team Canada’s senior team to compete at the 2018 IIHF World Championships, and it was this past 2018-19 season that Bo sported the ‘A’ on his jersey for the first time.
But we think that ‘C’ looks even better!
— Vanessa Jang (@vanessajang) October 10, 2019