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Winnipeg Jets Assistant Captains 2023-24 [New Captain]

By Kapil Sapkota / 15 September 2023 11:04 AM

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Winnipeg Jets assistant captains for 2023-24 are Mark Scheifele and Josh Morrissey. Scheifele was named alternate captain of the Jets in 2019.

In NHL franchises, there are usually two or three alternate captains apart from the main captain. During a match, the captain is the only player allowed to talk to the referees regarding rule interpretations.

When the captain is absent from a game, one of the designated alternate captains of the team is assigned the main role for that particular match.

Steve Yzerman of the Detroit Red Wings is the longest-serving captain in NHL history. Yzerman captained the Wings in 19 seasons for 1,303 NHL games from 1986-87 to 2005-06.

Winnipeg Jets New Captain

Winnipeg Jets selected Adam Lowry as the 10th team captain in the franchise history on September 12, 2023. Adam replaced Blake Wheeler.

Lowry debuted in the NHL with the Jets during the 2014-15 season. He scored his first NHL goal on October 21, during the 3-1 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes.

He had the best junior season in the WHL with the Swift Current Broncos in 2012-13. He stood with an impressive record of 45 goals and 43 assists created out of 72 games.

The ice hockey center finished his rookie season with 12 goals and 14 assists. In the 2016-17 season, Lowry registered his then career-high 15 goals and 14 assists.

After suffering from numerous injuries, the Canadian athlete appeared in only 45 matches in the next season, registering a total of 21 points.

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During the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs, the Jets were playing against the Minnesota Wild in the first round. Lowry helped the Jets lead with a goal by his face-off streak and won three draws in straight.

Furthermore, Winnipeg beat the Nashville Predators in the second round to qualify for their first Western Conference Final in franchise history.

In the course of the 2018-19 season, Adam helped the Jets secure the first spot in the Central Division, winning 8-1 against the Hurricanes.

The Jets again advanced to the Stanley Cup playoffs in 2019, doing it back-to-back for the first time in its history, courtesy 9 goals from Lowry.

The forward completed the 2022-23 season with a record of 13 goals and 23 assists. With the added responsibility of captaincy, Adam would be looking to put on an even better performance in the upcoming 2023-24 NHL season.

Josh Morrissey - Assistant Captain

The 13th overall draftee of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Morrissey was named as an alternate captain of the Winnipeg Jets on October 1, 2019.

He was first assigned to the AHL affiliate, St. John's IceCaps. He spent the next season with Winnipeg's new AHL farm team the Manitoba Moose.

Josh made his NHL debut on 5th March 2016, in a home game against the Montreal Canadiens. He recorded his first NHL career goal in a 4-0 win match against the Chicago Blackhawks on November 15, 2016.

The defenceman made 6 goals and 20 points throughout his first full season with the Jets. During the 2017-18 season, Morrissey helped the team qualify for the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs with his 7 goals and 19 assists.

He completed the 2022-23 regular season with 16 goals and 60 assists. In recognition of that, he was named for the NHL All-Star Game in 2023.

Internationally, Morrissey has represented Canada in numerous tournaments. He won the gold medal with Team Canada in the 2013 IIHF World U18 Championship and the 2015 IIHF World U20 Championship.

Mark Scheifele - Assistant Captain

Mark Scheifele was picked by the Jets in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. The Canadian center recorded his first NHL goal against the Maple Leafs.

Scheifele was then sent to play for the OHL's Barrie Colts and Winnipeg's AHL farm team, St. John's IceCaps for the 2012 Calder Cup playoffs.

He played his first full regular season in 2013-14. Mark recorded his first hat trick on March 5, 2016, in a match against the Montreal Canadiens.

Scheifele was elected as an alternate captain of the team for the 2016-17 season alongside Dustin Byfuglien and former captain Blake Wheeler.

He completed the regular season with 32 goals and 50 assists leading the Jets franchise. Furthermore, it was the 7th best in the whole league.

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In the next season, Mark registered 60 points from 60 games, consequently missing 22 matches due to injuries. Throughout the 2018 playoffs, Scheifele set a new record in the NHL with his 11 road goals.

The player had his then career-high record for goals, assists, and points in the NHL 2018-19 season with 38 goals and 46 assists for 84 points.

Following his five-game point streak, he was selected as NHL's First Star of the Week in December and named for his first NHL All-Star Game.

Scheifele completed the 2022-23 season registering 42 goals and 26 assists. In the playoffs, he scored a goal appearing in a total of 4 matches.

Winnipeg Jets Captains History

Kelly Buchberger1999-00
Steve Staios2000-01
Ray Ferraro2001-02
Shawn McEachern2002-03 to 2003-04
Scott Mellanby2005-06 to 2006-07
Bobby Holik2007-08
Ilya Kovalchuk2008-09 to 2009-10
Andrew Ladd2010-11 to 2015-16
Blake Wheeler2016-17 to 2021-22
Adam Lowry2023-24 to Present

Kelly Buchberger became captain of the Jets (then Atlanta Thrashers) for the 1999-00 season. He had a very short career with the franchise.

Most notably, Buchberger played for the Edmonton Oilers and clinched two Stanley Cup championships with the franchise in 1987 and 1990.

The leadership of the Thrashers was handed over to Steve Statios for the 2000-01 season. In his last season with the franchise, he contributed 22 points for the club.

The next captain of the team, Ray Ferraro represented the Thrashers from 1999 through 2002 and captained the team in the 2001-02 season.

Shawn McEachern spent the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons with the old version of the franchise. He had played 6 seasons with the Ottawa Senators before his journey with the Thrashers.

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The first player retiring as a captain of the Thrashers franchise is Scott Mellanby. He appeared in 1431 NHL games representing several teams without winning any Stanley Cups.

Bobby Holik had a three-season career with the Atlanta Thrashers. He was selected as the captain of the franchise for the 2007-08 season.

Holik became Stanley Cup champion twice with the NJ Devils in 1994-95 and 1999-2000. Most of his NHL career was spent with the Devils.

The next player to become the captain in the Thrashers lineup was Ilya Kovalchuk. He was the first overall pick of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

Before captaining the team, Kovalchuk clinched the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy in 2003-04 for scoring the most goals (41) in the league.

The only player to captain the team under both names is Andrew Ladd. He entered the franchise when it was Thrashers, and was renamed the Winnipeg Jets in the following year. Ladd won Stanley Cup two times in 2006 and 2010.

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Blake Wheeler is probably the most recognized captain of Winnipeg Jets in the franchise history, having captained from 2016-17 to 2021-22.

Wheeler played his 1000th NHL game with the Jets on December 5, 2021. He has now signed a one-year deal with the Rangers as a free agent.

Winnipeg Jets Signings 2023-24

Winnipeg Jets trade ahead of the new season are listed below.

  • September 13, 2023
    Re-signed Declan Chisholm to a one-year, two-way contract

  • August 19, 2023
    Re-signed Logan Stanley to a one-year contract

  • August 2, 2023
    Re-signed Rasmus Kupari to a two-year contract

  • July 19, 2023
    Re-signed Gabriel Vilardi to a two-year contract

  • July 17, 2023
    Re-signed Morgan Barron to a two-year contract

  • July 5, 2023
    Re-signed Dylan Samberg to a two-year contract

  • July 3, 2023
    Signed Axel Jonsson-Fjallby as a Free Agent, two-year contract

  • July 1, 2023
    Signed Vladislav Namestnikov as a Free Agent, two-year contract

  • July 1, 2023
    - Signed Laurent Brossoit as a free agent, one-year contract
    - Signed Jeffrey Viel as a free agent, one-year contract
    - Signed Collin Delia as a free agent, one-year contract

  • June 27, 2023
    Contract extended with Pierre-Luc Dubois for eight years

  • June 23, 2023
    Two-way contract extended with Ashton Sautner for one year

  • April 19, 2023
    Two-way contract extended with Dominic Toninato for two years

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