Avalanche names Landeskog team captain

Gabriel Landeskog team's first pick in 2012 draft

DENVER - The Colorado Avalanche say they’ve named the youngest team captain in NHL history.

Their new captain is Gabriel Landeskog, a 19-year-old forward.

Landeskog was the Avalanche’s first pick of the 2012 draft and won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s rookie of the year. He recorded 22 goals and 30 assists that season while appearing in 82 games.

He is a native of Stockholm, Sweden. Landeskog was previously a captain of the OHL Kitchener Rangers team and served as an alternate captain for Team Sweden at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.

Tuesday Landeskog tweeted, "I couldn't be more excited and I'm truly looking forward to the challenge."

The former captain, Milan Hejduk, will serve as an assistant captain along with Paul Stastny.