After going a season without a captain, the Winnipeg Jets have announced that the 'C' will now be on the sweater of number 17, Adam Lowry.
The Jets made the announcement on Tuesday morning as Lowry prepares for his tenth season in Winnipeg. He will become the third captain in Jets 2.0 history.
“When I found out, I was pretty excited, almost a little speechless. It’s something growing up you kind of can dream about and something that seems almost unattainable,” said Lowry on the Jets website.
“Getting to be a captain of a Canadian NHL team is pretty special and something I’m really looking forward too.”
The Jets say that Mark Scheifele and Josh Morrissey will remain alternates this year. Lowry was also an alternate last year, when the team went with the rare move of not naming a captain.
Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff says, “As a teammate, Adam has become one of the most respected players by his peers by how he plays the game on the ice and for all that he brings to the team off of it.”
The Jets training camp will open next week, and their first exhibition game will take place Sep. 24 against the Oilers.
The regular season gets underway for Winnipeg on Oct. 11 in Calgary. The home opener will be Oct. 14 when the Jets face off against the Panthers.