First a new arena name, now a new captain.
As usual Botch sent the word out first:
Roberto Luongo gives up the captaincy. Not known yet who will take his crown....
Then came official word from the mother ship:
"I am honoured to have served as captain of the Vancouver Canucks for the past two seasons," said Roberto Luongo. "Being captain in a Canadian city for a team with such passionate fans is a privilege and an experience I will always take pride in. I will continue to be a leader on this team and support my teammates the same way I always have while focusing on our ultimate goal."
It's still very much Luongo's team, regardless of the C or not. I appreciated the move originally and greatly appreciate him stepping away from it now.
Added: (h/t DD West for finding this, plus to Botchford for posting the clip on YouTube) Mike Gillis talks to the press about why Lou relinquished the captaincy:
And Luongo added:
"It was my decision the whole time and I never felt pressure to give it up or to keep it. "Being a goalie, you don't want to be in that position where it looks like you're putting the blame on someone else," added Luongo. "But some nights, you can't always blame yourself either. You want to recognize your faults, but not put yourself down all the time. It's tough to do that to your teammates as well.
"It was a very precarious position to be in and luckily, I won't have to do that anymore."