It’s arguably the most distinguished honour in all of sports. Being named captain of the storied Montreal Canadiens franchise. On Monday, Sept. 12 that is exactly what Attack alumni Nick Suzuki accepted, as he was announced the 31st captain of le blue, blanc et rouge.
Drafted 14th overall by Owen Sound in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection Draft, Suzuki quickly endeared himself to the Attack fanbase. The London, ON native would put up a stellar rookie season in a Bears jersey, posting 20 goals, at the time tying him with Joey Hishon for second in franchise history for goals in an age 16 season. Suzuki would explode in his NHL Draft year, posting 96 points, before helping lead the team to a deep playoff run to the Western Conference Finals.
Suzuki was noticed for his strong play, and was selected 13th overall by the newly expanded Vegas Golden Knights during the 2017 NHL Draft. The young centre was then the key piece in a trade sending him to Montreal in 2018, but Suzuki would return to Owen Sound during the 2018-19 season, were he donned the captaincy for the Attack. Though only captain of the Attack for a short while, Suzuki was never short on leadership, as he very often held a strong on-ice presence with a lead by example mentality.
Suzuki would leave Owen Sound via trade in 2019, but remain a top player in franchise history, as he sits in the top 4 all-time for goals, assists and points.
The entire Attack organization, along with all of Owen Sound and surrounding communities wish Nick all the best as he is set to begin the biggest chapter of his career with Montreal this coming season.