Canadiens defenceman Matheson named assistant captain, joining Gallagher

Defenceman Mike Matheson has been named an assistant captain of the Montreal Canadiens, the team announced Monday.

The club said the decision was made by the Canadiens’ management team.

Veteran Brendan Gallagher will continue to serve as an assistant, while forward Nick Suzuki retains his role as captain.

The 29-year-old Matheson led the team’s defencemen with 34 points (8-26) in 48 games last season. The six-foot-two, 195-pound blue-liner also set career highs for assists (26), points (34), power-play points (9), and average time on ice per game (24:27).

In eight seasons in the NHL, the Pointe-Claire, Que. native has accumulated 172 points (57-115) in 465 regular-season games with the Florida Panthers, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Canadiens.

Matheson, who was selected in the first round (23rd overall) by the Panthers in the 2012 NHL draft, was acquired from the Penguins along with a draft pick in exchange for defenceman Jeff Petry and forward Ryan Poehling on July 16, 2022.

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