St. Louis Blues forward Ryan O’Reilly is reportedly set to be named the organization’s captain.
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This is what the sports site learned The Athletic, Sunday night.
The 29-year-old center will succeed defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, who held the post from 2016 to 2020, but now wears the colors of the Vegas Golden Knights.
“He’s a good choice,” Pietrangelo said in a text message with sports media. He’s one of the hardest working guys I know. He leads by example every day. He’s been successful in this league for a long time, and for good reason. ”
“He will make an excellent captain,” he added. Good luck to him, I have no doubt that he is the right choice. “
In just two seasons in St. Louis, O’Reilly won the Stanley Cup, a Conn-Smythe Trophy and a Selke Trophy in addition to appearing twice in the All-Star Game. The former Colorado Avalanche and Buffalo Sabers also had his best offensive seasons with the Blues.
The Ontarian has 560 points in 804 career National Hockey League games. He also added 41 points in 48 playoff games.