The Nashville Predators named their newest captains on Tuesday afternoon.

Back on Sept. 8 of 2016 the Predators named Mike Fisher captain, but with No. 12 retiring from the NHL this summer Nashville has had to go through the same decision making process for the second straight offseason.

Exactly one year and 11 days after naming Fisher captain, the Predators named Roman Josi the eighth captain in franchise history during a press conference on Tuesday afternoon. Defenseman Ryan Ellis was also named the team’s associate captain, while Ryan Johansen, Filip Forsberg and Mattias Ekholm will all serve as alternate captains.

Josi will wear the ‘C’ while Ellis will permanently wear an ‘A’ while Johansen, Ekholm and Forsberg will rotate the other ‘A’ available.

During the decision making process, it came down to either Ryan Ellis or Josi being handed the ‘C’.

Josi had this to say about the opportunity:

Via the Predators’ news release:

One of just five NHL defensemen who has recorded at least 40 points in each of the last five seasons – Josi tallied 49 last season – he was one of four Predators to represent Nashville at the 2016 NHL All-Star Game, while finishing fifth in voting for the Norris Trophy in both 2015 and 2016.

Josi, who has lead all Predators defensemen in points in each of the last three campaigns, is just as productive off the ice. Among other community endeavors, he recently teamed up with Best Buddies Tennessee to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most.

Featured Photo via John Russell
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