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.

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!