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What an exciting day in Ottawa Senators land! After the somewhat unexpected announcement of a contract extension with Bobby Ryan, the Sens also announced a new captain!

Drum roll please…..

ERIK KARLSSON! FINALLY!

About Karlsson

Erik Sven Gunnar Karlsson (born May 31, 1990) is a Swedish professional ice hockey player. Karlsson is a member of the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected 15th overall by the Senators in the first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Karlsson was the 2012 winner of the James Norris Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s best defenceman.

During the 2012–13 NHL lockout Karlsson signed with Jokerit of the Finnish SM-liiga. He received a one game suspension for allegedly throwing his stick at a referee following a game on December 8, 2012. He finished his stint in Jokerit with 9 goals and 25 assists (34 points) in 30 games, leading all defencemen in scoring. Once the lockout ended and the NHL season commenced, Karlsson promptly recorded a goal and two assists as Ottawa defeated the Winnipeg Jets 4–1 in their season opener.

On February 13, 2013, Karlsson’s Achilles tendon was lacerated when Pittsburgh Penguins’ forward Matt Cooke had his skate inadvertently land on the back of Karlsson’s left leg, requiring surgery and taking him out of Ottawa’s lineup indefinitely. Cooke has been suspended several times in the past for much criticized incidents resulting in injury to opposing players, but was not suspended for this incident. At the time of the injury, Karlsson led all NHL defencemen with six goals. Though initial estimates had him out of the lineup for 4 – 6 months, Karlsson returned to the Ottawa lineup against the Washington Capitals on April 25, 2013, ten weeks to the day after the injury occurred.