The wait is over Red Wings fans, Dylan Larkin was named as the 37th Captain in Detroit Red Wings history this morning.
It's about damn time.
I was lucky enough to attend Detroit's home opener at the Joe in 2015. The team was expected to be average, and they faced off against Original 6 rival Toronto Maple Leafs. It was an elderly roster helmed by Zetterberg, Datsyuk and Kronwall with just a few players in their mid twenties taking up space on the third and fourth lines.
The only one that felt out of place as I looked down on my game day program, was a baby faced kid that my now fiancée said "looks like Harry Potter."
That kid, was Dylan Larkin, born and raised in Waterford Township, Michigan. He played college hockey as a Michigan Wolverine, and spent his childhood idolizing guys like Henrik Zetterberg, and current Detroit GM Steve Yzerman.
That Harry Potter doppelganger lit the lamp that night, and ended up being an All Star that broke the fastest skater record in the skills competition. He was special. And I think from that first night on, most if not all fans knew he would don the Captain's "C" once Zetterberg had left.
The past couple years have been frustrating in Detroit, with hardly any wins and nobody leading the team on the ice. Yet there was Larkin every night, in front of the media answering the tough to answer questions just like Zetterberg had done before him.
It was time. Hell, it was time to do this last year.
Larkin in his presser today, said he was happy that Yzerman got to know him before he was given the role as Captain. Which, I will admit, does make a lot of sense.
Regardless of who your team is, it's cool to see a homegrown kid get the nod from a legend and truly fulfilling a surreal dream that he had as a kid.
The NHL will begin tonight, the Red Wings' Home Opener will be tomorrow night at 7:30pm against the Carolina Hurricanes.