Red Wings name Dylan Larkin 37th captain in franchise history

Detroit Red Wings centre Dylan Larkin (71). (Paul Sancya/AP)

It was one of the worst kept secrets in Hockeytown, but on Wednesday the Detroit Red Wings officially announced that Dylan Larkin had been named the 37th captain in franchise history.

The Red Wings had played the past two seasons without a captain after Henrik Zetterberg was forced to stop playing due to a back injury.

Larkin, 24, has been the core piece of the Red Wings rebuild since he broke into the league as a 19-year-old in 2015-16. In that time, no player has played more games or scored more points for the Red Wings than Larkin, who has 266 points in 389 games.

Originally from Waterford, Mich., Larkin grew up a Red Wings fan. After being drafted by the Red Wings 15th overall in 2014, he played one season at the University of Michigan before making the jump to the NHL.

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