Mark Streit was named as the 13th captain in New York Islanders history, by the team as a part of their Media Day at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
In his fourth season with the Islanders, Streit missed the 2010-11 campaign with a shoulder injury. The blue liner led all players in ice-time in his first seasons of play, while also leading in scoring during the ’08-’09 seasons.
Mark is a 33-year old defenseman, who hails from Bern, SUI, becomes the first captain in NHL history from Switzerland.
“It is truly an honor to be named captain of such a historic franchise, with a rich history,” Streit said. “To follow in the foot-steps of so many legendary leaders that represented the Islanders is a role I am excited to fill. It is a privilege to be considered one of the leaders of this team and I’m committed to taking this team to the next level.”
Doug Weight, who wore the Captains ‘C’ last season, stepped down after two years of service-when he retired on May 26, 2011. Streit has served as an assistant captain at different points in his three-year Islanders career.
“Throughout his three seasons with the Islanders, Mark has been a steadying presence in our dressing room,” said General Manager Garth Snow. “He is constantly pushing himself to be the very best and demands the same from his teammates. Mark is a leader both on and off the ice and we are pleased to name him the 13th team captain in Islanders history.”
Streit has played in 361 career NHL games, recording 52 goals, 162 assists for 214 points. The blue liner has also made appearances in 12 Stanley Cup Playoff games, where he recorded one goal and three assists. Mark has also had success on the international level, serving as captain for Team Switzerland at numerous World Championships and Winter Olympic games.
In total the defenseman has played in 74 World Championship games, 15 Winter Olympic and 11 World Junior Championship games.