Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

It all comes crashing down on young Avalanche captain

  • Print

VANCOUVER -- No 20-year-old in the NHL carries the same burden as Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog.

Although the Avalanche put up a spirited performance in a 4-1 defeat to the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday, Colorado still tied the Eastern Conference's Florida Panthers for the worst record in the league after the loss.

Landeskog became the youngest captain in NHL history at the age of 19 years and 286 days when Colorado gave him the 'C' last September.

And three months into his first season as a leader, he is the first to admit it hasn't been easy.

"It's tough, I'm not used to this position that I'm in," he said. "I haven't been through this before so it's definitely something new.

"I have a good group of guys around me that support me in decisions and in everyday life as a captain in the NHL, so it's not just me, it's the whole team that is trying to grow together and trying to learn from this."

But thankfully for the team, the performance against the Canucks was at least a "baby step" in the right direction.

"We started playing like a team," said Landeskog. "We looked like a team out there, we had layers of support, guys were talking to one another and we had patience in our own zone and I think we had some good shifts in their zone as well.

"In that way it was a good game for us, but we didn't get two points."

His mood then dipped somewhat after learning of his team's current standing in the league, but said it was something his team cannot dwell on.

"It certainly doesn't (feel good), " he said. "It's not a great feeling, but we put ourselves in this position and we've got to dig ourselves out of it, it's as simple as that."

Landeskog -- who battled head and leg injuries earlier in the season -- finds himself in the unenviable position of regaining the form that earned him the Calder Trophy last season as the NHL's rookie of the year while leading his struggling team out of a funk that has seen the Avs drop eight out of their past nine outings.

"We expect to be a lot better that's for sure, we know we're a better team than we're were playing right now but it's frustrating, we've got to find a way out of this," said Landeskog. "We've got to look at the small picture, we can't look at anything else. We can't stare at the standings."

Avalanche head coach Joe Sacco believed his captain was heading in the right direction.

"It's been a process, there's no question," Sacco said. "He's a young player, it's only his second year in the league, he's dealt with some adversity of his own -- he had the head injury and came back, then a torso injury, so he's been banged up a little bit -- but it's a bit of a process for him right now.

"He's got some good people in there to lean on, he's got Milan Hejduk and (35-year-old goalie) Jean-Sebastien Giguere, guys that have been around and guys that have won in this league consistently, so he's not by himself."

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 1, 2013 C2

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes


  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.


Make text: Larger | Smaller


Total Body Tune-Up: Glute Bridge

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • Challenges of Life- Goose Goslings jump over railway tracks to catch up to their parents at the Canadian Pacific Railway terminalon Keewatin St in Winnipeg Thursday morning. The young goslings seem to normally hatch in the truck yard a few weeks before others in town- Standup photo- ( Day 4 of Bryksa’s 30 day goose project) - Apr 30, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • A monarch butterfly looks for nectar in Mexican sunflowers at Winnipeg's Assiniboine Park Monday afternoon-Monarch butterflys start their annual migration usually in late August with the first sign of frost- Standup photo– August 22, 2011   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos


The Winnipeg Jets currently are 4th in the Central Division: Where do you think they will finish at the end of the season?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google