Veteran Josh Green has been named captain of the Oklahoma City Barons. Wearing the C on the jersey is the ultimate compliment.
“It’s a big honor, for sure,” Green said. “Anytime you can put the C on and lead a team it’s a special feeling. But I don’t think anything is going to change for me. Whether I have a letter on or not I’m still going to be me and try to lead by example, try to let these kids run with it and try to not get in their way.”
Green, 34, has played in 341 NHL games for eight different organizations. He’s also played for seven different AHL teams. Green scored 37 points, including 16 goals, in 51 games last season with the Barons.
“It was a no brainer,” said left winger Magnus Paajarvi, in his third season with the Barons. “Josh was the obvious choice for everybody. I don’t feel there was another candidate that strong.
“He can tell anyone criticism bad or good. And that makes for a good leader. He’ll take a fight on if you have to. He’s tough. He can score. He has pretty much everything as a leader and a hockey player. It was obvious.”
Green is more than a decade older than most players on the Barons roster, including some young Edmonton stars playing in Oklahoma City during the NHL lockout.
“It’s a unique situation with these guys coming down from the NHL and some guys trying to get to the NHL,” Green said. “It’s a nice mix. It should breed some good competition from within. Hopefully we can put a good effort on the ice, win some games and have some fun.”