The announcement for the next Toronto Maple Leafs captain has finally come! The Toronto Maple Leafs announced John Tavares as their new captain before their 2019-2020 season opener against the Ottawa Senators. Tavares will be the 18th captain in franchise history. Tavares will help usher in a new era of Leafs hockey where the goal of a Stanley Cup playoff run feels realistic for the first time in a long time. John Tavares was brought into the coaches room prior to the season opener to his wife and son, with his son wearing a Tavares captain jersey. There is no better way to announce a captaincy than this. John Tavares stated to the press "It's a real honour. I won't ever take it for granted".
Toronto was standing waiting for the captain's to be named as Mitch Marner, Auston Matthews, and Morgan Rielly skated to the blue line as alternates. Leafs fans heard "From Oakville, Ontario, The 25th captain in franchise history. John Tavares." The crowd erupted in cheer and the atmosphere did not change all game as the leafs topped the Senators by a score of 5-3.
John Tavares is an official autograph partner with Frameworth.