The New York Islanders announced today that Mark Streit will be the new captain for the team. Streit becomes the thirteenth captain in the history of the organization. He also becomes the first Swiss-born captain of an NHL team.
Arthur Staple of Newsday was the first to report that the Islanders would most likely name Streit captain, before the team made it official in a press conference this afternoon.
The Islanders captaincy was left vacant when Doug Weight retired early this summer. There was a lot of wonder over who would become the next captain. It seemed that the three nominees were Streit, Kyle Okposo and John Tavares.
It has been said by many people close to the team that Streit is well respected amongst his peers and has great leadership skills.
Streit has two years left on his contract with the Islanders.