Golden Knights name Mark Stone first captain in franchise history

Vegas Golden Knights right wing Mark Stone has been named team captain. (Isaac Brekken/AP)

Mark Stone has been named the first captain in Vegas Golden Knights history.

"This is an organization I've always wanted to be a part of so to be able to be the first captain of this franchise it's very honouring, very humbling and I'm excited to see where this team goes," said Stone in a statement.

The two-way winger was acquired by the Golden Knights from the Ottawa Senators at the 2019 trade deadline and signed an eight-year, $76-million contract shortly after. In 83 games with the Golden Knights over the past two seasons, he has 26 goals and 74 points and 112 takeaways. He finished as runner-up for the Selke Trophy in 2018-19 and was fifth in voting for that award last season.

The Golden Knights opted not to name a captain during its first three seasons, with the now-retired Deryk Engelland unofficially holding the title during the team's run to the Stanley Cup Final.

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