The 2018-19 season will be the beginning of a new era for the Vancouver Canucks. With the retirement of the Sedins, the look of the team will surely be different and the search has begun to find the ideal replacement for the captaincy as Henrik Sedin left the C behind in the dressing room, next to his hung skates...
Canucks fans appear to be ready to name young forward Bo Horvat the 15th captain of the franchise, however, some pundits find that he may be too young for the job. Despite teams naming captains much younger than Horvat at the time, just look at the Edmonton Oilers and their captain Connor McDavid, some believe Horvat might not be ready yet.
However, one thing is clear: the 23-year-old player is ready for a huge step in his life and made sure everything was in order to make it happen on Monday. The team has announced that Horvat is now engaged to his fiancee Holly, with whom he has been for the past seven years.
The commitment is a great news for Horvat and his family. On top of that, it could show management that Horvat is a mature young man who is ready for more commitment and responsibilities.
During an interview with Sportsnet on Tuesday, Horvat's teammate Erik Gudbranson spoke his favour of the young forward as the team's next captain.
“He’s got all of (all the captain-like characteristics). He’s a good player, he battles, he’s a great guy in the dressing room. He’s as professional off the ice as he is on — if not more. He’s got all the tools you need for something like that, and I think guys would be excited about that.”
"There’s lots of leadership in that dressing room. Tons of guys with great character. It’s sad to see the Sedins go, but they’ve groomed that dressing room very well and set a standard very high that we have to uphold.”
"You need a captain," he added. "That’s an interesting question. I’ve never thought about that. But, no, that’s part of hockey. You need a captain. I don’t know what their plans are, if they have a guy in mind, but there’s lots of guys who could do it.”
Alex Edler, Chris Tanev, Brandon Sutter and Michael De Zotto donned the ‘A’ last season. We will have to see if this happy event will sway the Canucks' decision in Horvat's favour.