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Montreal Canadiens name former Michigan hockey star Pacioretty captain

Tyler Johnson of the Tampa Bay Lightning against Max Pacioretty of the Montreal Canadiens during the second period in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Amalie Arena on May 12, 2015 in Tampa, Florida.
Tyler Johnson of the Tampa Bay Lightning against Max Pacioretty of the Montreal Canadiens during the second period in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Amalie Arena on May 12, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

Max Pacioretty has been named the 29th captain in the illustrious history of the Montreal Canadiens.

The team announced Friday the left winger and former Michigan Wolverine would take over the role after they spent a season without a captain.

Pacioretty, 26, spent just one season (2007-08) playing for the University of Michigan, but it was a dominant one in which he scored 15 goals and 23 assists in 36 games. Fans in Ann Arbor knew he would soon have a successful professional career.

The Canadiens drafted him 22nd overall in 2007. He went straight to the pros the next season. This past season he scored a career-best 67 points in 80 games with Montreal.

A native of New Haven, Conn., Pacioretty becomes only the 3rd U.S.-born player to wear the C as a Hab -- the others are Chris Chelios, who co-captained the team with Guy Carbonneau, and most recently Brian Gionta.

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Max Pacioretty of the Michigan Wolverines looks at the puck before a faceoff against the Minnesota Gophers on October 13, 2007 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Max Pacioretty of the Michigan Wolverines looks at the puck before a faceoff against the Minnesota Gophers on October 13, 2007 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.


-- Pacioretty as a member of the University of Michigan hockey team. Photo by Scott A. Schneider/Getty Images


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