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A Blackhawk Steps up and Wants to be Captain Over Connor Bedard

Published September 16, 2023 at 7:45 PM
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Defensemen Expresses Willingness to Captain Blackhawks

At the NHL North American Player Media Tour, Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Seth Jones revealed his eagerness to take on the role of captain for the team. Jones, who joined the Blackhawks in 2021, has always aspired to be a captain and has learned from some of the NHL's finest leaders.

Reflecting on his experiences, Jones mentioned the influential figures who have shaped his leadership style, saying,
«I've always wanted to be a captain. I've learned from some great leaders -- Shea Weber, Nick Foligno, Jonathan Toews -- I mean, I played with some of the greatest captains that we've seen. It would be pretty special.»

Jonathan Toews, the Blackhawks' former captain, recently left the organization after a storied tenure, leading the team to three Stanley Cup victories.


Despite his desire to wear the captain's "C," Jones emphasized that leadership isn't confined to a letter on a jersey. He values the input of every player, regardless of their official designation.
«‘Tazer' always used to say that in the room the past couple of years: ‘Everyone has a voice in here, everyone is allowed to speak up and say what they want. It shouldn't be just four or five guys who are able to talk.' If you're an 18-year-old, you should be able to speak your mind. So, I really took that to heart.»

Jones, entering his third season with the Blackhawks, brings a wealth of experience to the team. He has played for the Nashville Predators, Columbus Blue Jackets, and now the Blackhawks, accumulating 374 points in 730 NHL games.

Throughout his career, Jones has drawn inspiration from the leadership styles of his former teammates, including Shea Weber, who led by example on the ice, and Nick Foligno, known for his caring and jovial personality.

With Jones' willingness to take on a leadership role, the Chicago Blackhawks have a valuable asset both on and off the ice. Whether or not he becomes the team's captain, his commitment to fostering a culture of inclusivity and accountability is clear.


Source: NHL.COM
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