San Jose Sharks Captain Joe Pavelski is in no danger what-so-ever of losing that big C this season. However, Little Joe’s contract is up at the end of this year, and at 34 years old, the San Jose Sharks might want to start thinking about his future replacement.
The San Jose Sharks have a rich history of guys who’ve worn that big C. From current General Manager Doug Wilson, the teams first Captain, to Owen Nolan, Patrick Marleau, Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski who’ve worn the C for multiple years. And the one off’s like Mike Ricci, my guy Vinny Damphousse, and a 40-year-old Rob Blake, which absolutely nobody remembers.
The captain doesn’t always have to be your best player. The C is given to the player who is the embodiment of the franchise as a whole. The guy who has a few years under his belt, and understands how the team is supposed to operate. A vocal leader who can explain his case to the referees, but more importantly, the guy everyone looks to in a big situation.
The San Jose Sharks have a rich history of Captains, see the guys listed above, (I left a few out). At times, they have been the best players on the team for that season, other times they’ve been vet’s who’ve spent years in the teal jersey’s and were fan favorites.
San Jose, right now, has a list of guys who meet the requirements for the big C in the future. Guys who embody the mentality of this franchise, set forth by, well, the most important person in this franchises history, Doug Wilson.