What do the “A” and the “C” stand for on hockey jerseys? Hockey fans have noticed that some hockey players wear an ‘A’ or ‘C’ on their jerseys, and they wonder what it means. It turns out the C is for Captain while those with an extra letter are meant to serve as alternates in case of injury or other circumstances beyond player control (like call-ups).
THE A’S AND THE C’S OF HOCKEY
As the captain of your team, you’re expected to lead by example on and off the ice. You’ll get a C for ‘captain’ emblazoned across both sides as well an A if there’s been no designated leader selected yet. A person who wears this title in hockey should be more than just someone that leads his or her fellow teammates but also sets examples through sportsmanship while playing hard – even when they miss shots at goal (net).
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF A CAPTAIN IN HOCKEY?
As the main role of a captain is to speak with referees when they call penalties or rule interpretations and then carry those messages onto the coach’s bench for hearing–the only player allowed in NHL games as an alternate/vice-captain would be serving this duty if your team’s Captain was unavailable. But there are deeper responsibilities that lie beyond just following rules; it goes back centuries ago.
The captain is the heart and soul of their team. They are expected to behave as a role model, act as conduits between players/coaches with management or fans at public events; it’s not uncommon that they’re also responsible for representing your organization in certain capacities like ceremonies.
HOW IS A HOCKEY TEAM CAPTAIN CHOSEN?
There is no single rule for how a player becomes team captain. Some teams elect their captains through voting, while others appoint veteran members of the roster as commanders-in-chief to lead them into battle with distinction and call upon all talents within its folds at any given moment when needed most; still other times.
GOALIES CAN NO LONGER SERVE AS CAPTAINS
The last NHL captain to wear the C on his sweater was Montreal’s Bill Durnan, who captained them in 1947-48. He was followed by six other goalies before they were banned from being skaters or alternate captains due to too much disruption during games when doing so as well as giving orders to officials that could potentially change strategy at any moment which is not something solely reserved for forwards alone.
THE DEBATE OVER HOCKEY’S C’S AND A’S
Whether it’s due to an angry coach or just resigning from his position, some captains have gone off on their own after disputes with the team. In 1980 Darryl Sittler famously ripped off the C logos from all of his Ontario Maple Leafs sweaters and retired as captain after the team traded his best friend.