Nick Suzuki, new captain of the Canadiens

Nick Suzuki, new captain of the Canadiens

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Nick Suzuki is the new captain of the Montreal Canadiens.

As part of the team's golf tournament on Monday in Laval, the Habs head coach Martin St-Louis made the announcement.

Suzuki, who spent the summer in Montreal, will be assisted by Brendan Gallagher and Joel Edmundson in his new role.

“Hello, it's an honor for me to be the next captain of the Montreal Canadiens,” Suzuki said in French before starting his round of golf.

“It's a great privilege and a huge honor for me to be the captain of the team. The club is heading in the right direction. The future looks bright and I'm excited to be a part of it,” he added in English.

The 23-year-old Ontarian takes over from Shea Weber, whose contract was traded to the Vegas Golden Knights for Evgeni Dadonov this summer .

Himself obtained from the Golden Knights four years earlier, Suzuki has recently established himself as the club's No. 1 center. Frequently flanked by Cole Caufield in 2021-2022, he was the Habs' leading scorer with 21 goals and 61 points in 82 games.

Suzuki also revealed that St-Louis had spoken to him about a such an appointment about two months ago. After a period of reflection, he felt he was in a position to step up and will do everything in his power to steer the team in the right direction.

“It means a lot, just to see the respect [ to me] from management and teammates. I know it's an important role, but I think I'm ready for it.”

He will also start a new eight-year contract in 2022-2023 that will earn him $7.875 million. .