NHL Unsung Heroes: Colorado Avalanche Gabriel Landeskog
Every team, every game, has a hero. In hockey there’s usually more than one hero per team. Some like Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Alex Ovechkin and even Steven Stamkos are always at the top of the headlines, appearing in numerous All Star games and Olympic events. Others go about the business of trying to win games for their team without much fanfare. This week’s “Unsung Hero” is the young Gabriel Landeskog of the Colorado Avalanche.
When you think of Colorado, although you do hear Landeskog’s name, you likely also hear about Matt Duchene and the legendary Joe Sakic to overshadow this fact. Landeskog, however, is making his own name legendary, producing a team-leading 22 goals, 52 points and a plus-20 rating while playing in every game last season. For that, he was named the new captain of the Avalanche after Milan Hejduk informed the team he’d be relinquishing his role as captain. Based on the timing, Landeskog became the NHL’s youngest captain ever, surpassing Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby by 11 days. The accomplishments also earned him the NHL’s Calder Memorial Trophy, given annually to the top rookie.
Off the ice, Landeskog enjoys helping out in various parts of Colorado. He visited, skated and helped the members of the Colorado Select Girls Hockey Association improve their game back in mid-March. The girls were impressed, especially with the fact that Landeskog’s only seven years older than some of them and already pretty big in the NHL.
This just goes to show that even at a very young age some players already know how important it is to make a name for themself off the ice as well as on it.
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*Lauren Burg is an NHL Featured Writer for 110 Sportz Talk. An avid hockey, mainly Tampa Bay Lightning fan, Lauren enjoys writing about all things related to hockey. You can contact Lauren on Twitter, @TBLightning491, or e-mail her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.*