According to Rogers Sportsnet on Wednesday, the Vegas Golden Knights have named Mark Stone of Winnipeg, Manitoba as their first captain in franchise history. Vegas went through the first three seasons of their existence by only having a series of alternate captains.
One of those alternate captains was Stone, who was given the “A” for the 2019-20 NHL season. Other alternate captains for the Golden Knights over their first three seasons were Canadians David Perron of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Deryk Engelland of Edmonton, Alberta, James Neal of Whitby, Ontario, Jason Garrison of White Rock, British Columbia, and Reilly Smith of Toronto, Ontario. Other alternate captains the Golden Knights have had were Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Luca Sbisa, and Max Pacioretty.
Stone began his National Hockey League career with the Ottawa Senators during the 2012-13 season, and remained in Canada’s national capital through for six more seasons. On February 25, 2019, during the NHL trade deadline, Stone was traded to the Golden Knights from the Senators with Tobias Lindberg for Oscar Lindberg, Erik Brannstrom, and a second-round draft pick in the 2020 National Hockey League Draft. The Senators selected Egor Sokolov.
Stone will wear the “C” for the first time with the Golden Knights on Thursday. That is when Vegas has its home opener, as they host the Anaheim Ducks.