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Dylan Larkin, the homegrown player who took part in the rebuilding, was named the 37th captain in the Detroit Red Wings history

He joined the show featuring Hockey Hall of Famers in Steve Yzerman, Nicklas Lidstrom, Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay, Sid Abel, Red Kelly and Alex Delvecchio, and filled his open positions when Henrik Zetterberg retired in September 2018.

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The announcement was made Wednesday, the day before Wings opened the 2021 season.

“Dylan is a very competitive and motivated player who sets the standard for dedication and conduct for the Red Wings,” Yzerman said in a statement. “This is the right time to name the new captain of the Red Wings.” We and we are confident that Dylan is ready to take responsibility. He will be an outstanding leader for us on and off the ice. ”

Larkin, 24, was the obvious choice. Since making Wings out of training camp in 2015, a year after he was selected in 15th place in the 2014 draft, Larkin has shown signs of the captain. He has great internal dynamism, pushes himself hard on and off the ice and takes pride in being Red Wing, moreover, for growing up in Waterford.

The plan was previously named Larkin captain before the 2019-20 season, but under former general manager Ken Holland when Yzerman arrived in April 2019, he wanted to get to know the players better before making a decision.

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Yzerman and Larkin bonded during the 2019-20 season.

“I enjoyed talking with him and talking about hockey and our team throughout the season,” Yzerman said in May. I think being a member of Wings and improving this team is very important to Dylan and he takes it very seriously. He is a great player for us, he is a very important player. ”

Larkin wore the ‘A’ outfit since 2018.At the time, executives wanted Larkin a year to grow in the role, especially considering Wings was in a tough time due to the remodel. Prior to last season Wings made Luke Glendening as reserve captain, adding him to a group that included Justin Abdelkader (no longer with the squad) and Frans Nielsen Nielsen and Glendening will continue to serve as a substitute this season.

No player stood in front of the media more than Larkin last season, thanks to a cumulative loss of 49, one of the most thankless jobs leading the locker room.

Contact Helene St.James at her on Twitter @helenestjames. Read more about the Detroit Red Wings and subscribe to our Red Wings newsletter.Her book The Big 50: The Detroit Red Wings is available from Amazon. A personal copy of Barnes & Noble and Triumph books is available via her email.


Dylan Larkin talks about being the fine Detroit Red Wing and his possible future as captain on Saturday, January 2, 2021.

Detroit Free Press