The Islanders announced defenseman Mark Streit as the 13th captain in franchise history at a press conference on Wednesday.
The 33-year-old became the first Swiss born player to become captain of an NHL team. He has previously served as captain of the Swiss Olympic Team and national team in several international competitions.
“It’s truly an honor to be named the captain of such a historic franchise with a rich history,” Streit said. “To follow in the foot-steps of so many legendary leaders that represented the Islanders is a role I am excited to fill. It is a privilege to be considered one of the leaders of this team and I’m committed to taking this team to the next level.”
Streit missed all of the 2010-11 season due to an injury suffered during the team’s intersquad scrimmage. Streit led the Islanders in assists the previous season and in was the Islanders leading scorer with 16 goals and 56 points in his first season with the club in 2008-09.
“Throughout his three season with the Islanders, Mark has been a steadying presence in our dressing room,” Isles GM Garth Snow said. “He is constantly pushing himself to be the very best and demands the same from his teammates. Mark is a leader both on and off the ice and we are pleased to name him the 13th captain in Islanders history.”
Streit replaces Doug Weight as captain. Weight retired after last season and is now working for the Islanders organization.
In 361 career NHL games, Streit has scored 52 goals and has 214 points. He played three seasons with the Montreal Canadiens before signing with the Islanders as a free agent.