Dylan Larkin Named Red Wings 37th Captain in Team History

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DETROIT, January 13, 2021The Detroit Red Wings today announced that center Dylan Larkin has been named the team’s captain, becoming the 37th captain in franchise history and the first Michigander and native metro Detroiter. Additionally, centers Luke Glendening and Frans Nielsen will serve as alternate captains for the 2020-21 season.

January 14, 2021 ~ Detroit Red Wings Center Dylan Larkin talks with Mitch Albom about his recent appointment as team captain.

Larkin, 24, has served as an alternate captain for the Red Wings since 2018-19 and assumes a captaincy that has been vacant for the last two seasons, following the end of Henrik Zetterberg’s career in 2017-18 due to injury. The Waterford, Michigan, native is just the second American to wear the ‘C’ for Detroit after Reed Larson and is the fifth player to serve as captain under Ilitch ownership (since 1982-83).

“Dylan is an extremely competitive and driven player who sets the standard for dedication and conduct for the Red Wings,” said Red Wings executive vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman. “This is the right time to name our new captain and we’re certain Dylan is ready to take on the responsibility. He will be an outstanding leader for us, both on and off the ice.”

Entering his sixth season with the Red Wings in 2020-21, Larkin has appeared in 389 games with the team since 2015-16, totaling 266 points (107-159-266) and 246 penalty minutes. In 2019-20, Larkin led the Red Wings in points for the third-consecutive season, becoming one of just six players in franchise history to lead the team in scoring for three-straight years (along with Ted Lindsay, Gordie Howe, Steve Yzerman, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg).

Originally drafted by the Red Wings in the first round (15th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Larkin made an immediate impact after making the team in 2015-16 and was named a 2016 NHL All-Star, where he broke the league’s fastest-skater record during the Skills Competition. In his lone collegiate season with the Wolverines, Larkin was named Big Ten Rookie of the Year and to the Big Ten All-Rookie Team and First All-Star Team after racking up 47 points (15-32-47) in 35 games.