Calgary Flames Defenseman Discloses Who The Next Team Captain will be

Published August 25, 2023 at 10:04 PM

The Calgary Flames 2022-23 season didn't go the way anyone expected, and with a lack of leadership and an out-of-touch coach, it shouldn't have been much of a surprise by the end of the year.

Unofficial captain


In his latest interview with Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman, star defenseman Rasmus Andersson revealed that while no one in Calgary held the 'C', there was one person that was seen as their captain among the players.

In one of the more interesting tidbits of the interview, Andersson specifically called out how everyone in the room understands that Backlund is the captain of the Flames. He mentioned how Backlund operated as the captain in 2022-23, specifically in the room. He even mentioned that Backlund told him he knows he's the captain to the players, but without the actual C on his jersey he can't do everything he wants to.

Unsurprisingly, as many Flames fans were calling for it, it appears that Mikael Backlund, the teams longest tenured player was working as their unofficial captain, even if his lack of official title prevented him from doing things.

Next Flames leader?

The Flames have had some incredible captains over the years from Lanny McDonald to Joe Nieuwendyk to Jarome Iginla and Mark Giordano, and now, it appears a new captain is coming soon.

While Andersson revealed he would be honoured and would love to be the next captain, it appears Backlund is still first in line, but with his contract coming up next summer, things could go anywhere in Calgary over the new few weeks and months.

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August 25   |   25 answers
Calgary Flames Defenseman Discloses Who The Next Team Captain will be

Will Backlund remain in Calgary and be the teams next captain?

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