Blue Jackets Name Veteran Defenseman Adam Foote Team Captain
Newly acquired Sergei Fedorov joins Rick Nash and David Vyborny as club's alternate captains
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets announced today that defenseman Adam Foote will serve as the fourth captain in franchise history and that newly acquired center Sergei Fedorov will join left wing Rick Nash and right wing David Vyborny as alternate captains on a rotating basis.
Foote is playing in his 14th NHL season and first with the Blue Jackets. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Colorado Avalanche (1996 and 2001) and won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2002 Olympic Games. He has registered 58-181-239 and 1,170 penalty minutes in 821 career NHL games, including 3-2-5 and 30 penalty minutes in 22 games with Columbus.
A native of Toronto, Ontario, Foote spent his first 13 seasons with the the Colorado/Quebec organization and is the Avalanche's all-time leader in playoff games played with 154. He has also represented Team Canada at the 1998 Olympic Games and at the 1996 and 2004 World Cup of Hockey, where he captured silver and gold medals, respectively.
A 15-year NHL veteran, Fedorov is a six-time All-Star, three-time Stanley Cup champion, two-time winner of the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the NHL's top defensive forward and was the 1994 Hart Memorial Trophy (most valuable player) and Lester B. Pearson Award (outstanding player as voted by NHLPA members) winner. On November 30 at Minnesota, he became the first Russian-born player to appear in 1,000 NHL games and has registered 431-592-1,023 and 637 penalty minutes in 1,001 career games with Detroit, Anaheim and Columbus.
Fedorov has tallied 50-113-163 and 113 penalty minutes in 162 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, ranking first among all players in assists and second in points (Joe Sakic, 169) in playoff scoring since 1990-91. He was an integral part of Detroit Red Wings teams that captured Stanley Cup championships in 1997, 1998 and 2002. He is also a veteran of two Olympic Games, helping Russia win the bronze medal in 2002 and silver medal in 1998.
The Blue Jackets return to action on Thursday against the New York Islanders. Game time at Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m., with FSN Ohio's Ice Breaker pregame show starting at 6:30 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations WBNS-AM Sports Radio 1460 the Fan and WWCD-FM, CD101.