Jacob Trouba on being named captain: 'It's a privilege to be a Ranger'

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Jacob Trouba’s captaincy with the Rangers got off to a memorable start when he received a congratulatory text from one of the most notable New York captains in franchise history.

Trouba, now officially the 28th captain for the Blueshirts, told reporters on Tuesday that Mark Messier sent him a congratulatory message after the team announced the decision to make Trouba the first team captain since Ryan McDonagh in 2018.

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Trouba found out the news from team president and general manager Chris Drury.

“I told him I had goosebumps,” Trouba said. “I was pretty excited.

“It’s a privilege to be a Ranger and to play in this city…it’s a place that means a lot to me and this group and the players we have. I look forward to leading this team.”

As for how Trouba will approach his captaincy, he says not much will change in the locker room or on the ice, and he will still rely on the help of other established veteran leadership on the roster.

“I don’t intend on much changing in that sense,” Trouba said. “We have a group of core leaders and if anybody had an issue or wanted to talk about something, we would meet and call a meeting to discuss it…I think all of our leadership group has different strengths and qualities. We use each other as best we can to navigate through every situation.”

Still, the team felt it was time to make that change and select a captain for the first time in four years, and Trouba was their guy.

“It was just the right time,” Drury said. “As a lot of our players have said, Jacob has basically been doing the job for the last couple of seasons. We just felt like it was appropriate and now is the time. We’re excited to see the C on him, that’s for sure.”

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