Brian Gionta to be Next Habs Captain?

Veteran forward, Brian Gionta, insists that he doesn’t know anything about being named the Montreal Canadiens next captain. Earlier this week the 31 year-old, who is coming off a 28 goal, 46 point campaign, was named in an a newspaper article from the La Presse as being the next team captain, which caught Gionta by surprise. “No talks — just what you guys heard with Mr. (GM Pierre) Gauthier last week, saying that a captain will be made,” Gionta said. “I woke up this morning (Thursday) to the newspaper, just like you guys did.” Unlike last season, when they had no captain, Gauthier said last Monday that the Canadiens will, in fact, definitely have one going into the season. The last player to captain the Canadiens was Saku Koivu who is now playing for the Anaheim Ducks. Overall teammates seemed to be supportive of the possibility of Gionta being the next captain. “If it is Brian — that’s great,” fellow forward, Mike Cammalleri, said. “You can look at his leadership on the ice and the way he plays the game — his work ethic — and he’s well liked by his teammates. There are a lot of good assets that would make Brian a good captain.” Another voice of support came from another teammate in forward, Scott Gomez, who said, “If it is true — he deserves it. He’s a hard worker. He’s great with the young guys, and he’s great with (the media).” Gionta, who is entering his second season with the Canadiens, will be the 28th captain in franchise history, and only the second American to captain the team. The first was Chris Chelios, who was a co-captain in 1989.

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