Colorado Avalanche right wing Milan Hejduk, right, of the Czech Republic, looks to shoot against Calgary Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff, of Finland, in the first period an NHL hockey game in Denver on Sunday, April 3, 2011.The Avalanche announced Hejduk as their team captain Monday.The 35-year-old will have a captain\'s \'C\' on his jersey for the first time during Tuesday\'s game in Pittsburgh. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Joe Mahoney
DENVER - The Colorado Avalanche announced Milan Hejduk as their team captain Monday.
The 35-year-old will have a captain's 'C' on his jersey for the first time during Tuesday's game in Pittsburgh.
"Milan is a player who leads by example both on and off the ice," said Avalanche head coach Joe Sacco in a statement. "He is a product of this organization and won a Stanley Cup with this franchise. He is well respected among his teammates and we feel he deserves this opportunity and responsibility."
The native of Usti-nad Labem, Czech Republic won a Stanley Cup with Colorado in 2001 and has spent his entire 13-year NHL career with the Avalanche.
Hejduk leads Colorado with seven goals and is tied for second on the club with 12 points in 17 games this season.