Jeff Blashill reacts to Detroit Red Wings naming Dylan Larkin captain

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History was made today as the Detroit Red Wings announced that forward Dylan Larkin has officially succeeded the retired Henrik Zetterberg as the 37th captain in team history.

Larkin becomes the first Michigan native to don the “C” for the Red Wings – not bad for a kid from the Mitten State who also played collegiately for the Michigan Wolverines.

Another Michigan native happens to be his head coach in Jeff Blashill.

Blashill, who also coached Larkin on Team USA during the IIHF Men’s World Championships, couldn’t have been more pleased with the selection.

“I am extremely excited that Dylan Larkin will be our captain,” said Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill in a statement. “To be named captain of the Detroit Red Wings is an enormous honor and one that Dylan has certainly earned. Dylan has the utmost respect from his teammates because of his work ethic, passion, care for others and burning desire to win. I have watched first-hand as Dylan has grown as a leader during his time with the Red Wings and internationally at three World Championships representing Team USA. He is ready for the challenges that come with serving as captain and will be complemented by a great leadership group ready to support him.”

Larkin, Blashill, and the Red Wings officially kick off the 2020-21 NHL Season tomorrow night against the Carolina Hurricanes.

– – Quotes via Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News Link – –