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Avalanche make Gabriel Landeskog the youngest captain in NHL history

Colorado Avalanche left winger Gabriel Landeskog, celebrates scoring the winning goal against the Anaheim Ducks during overtime of an NHL hockey game, March 12, 2012, in Denver, Colorado. The Colorado Avalanche have made Gabriel Landeskog the youngest captain in NHL history. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP - Jack Dempsey

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Colorado Avalanche left winger Gabriel Landeskog, celebrates scoring the winning goal against the Anaheim Ducks during overtime of an NHL hockey game, March 12, 2012, in Denver, Colorado. The Colorado Avalanche have made Gabriel Landeskog the youngest captain in NHL history. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP - Jack Dempsey

DENVER - The Colorado Avalanche have made Gabriel Landeskog the youngest captain in NHL history.

At 19 years 286 days, Landeskog is 11 days younger than Sidney Crosby was when he was given the "C" by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2007.

Landeskog was the second overall pick in the 2011 draft and won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year last season.

He had 18 goals and 52 points for the Avs while playing all 82 games. The teenager finished with a plus-20 rating.

Landeskog takes over the captaincy from Milan Hejduk, who recently informed coach Joe Sacco that he wanted to relinquish the role.

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