The Elbow staff
EDMONTON, AB – Fans in Edmonton were left scratching their heads on Wednesday evening following the announcement that forward Connor McDavid had been named captain.
At 19 years and 266 days, McDavid became the youngest captain in NHL history, overtaking Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog by just 20 days.
For most Oilers fans, however, it was a milestone they thought had been beaten a full 12 months ago.
"I'm pretty sure someone made a mistake with this announcement," local resident Dale Morgan said. "Maybe they were just announcing new alternate captains?"
"Connor has been captain since he was drafted."
Sports talk radio stations in the city were flooded with callers trying to put the pieces together.
"Connor has been the captain for the past three years," one angry fan said on TSN Radio. "If he hasn't been, then who the hell has?"
According to an online poll conducted by The Elbow, up to 85 percent of fans in Edmonton agreed. The remainder of opinion was divided between "Brad Ference", "Andrew Ference" and "no captain".