Blake Wheeler to Captain Jets, Byfuglien and Scheifele Named Alternates

Blake Wheeler to Captain Jets, Byfuglien and Scheifele Named Alternates

Blake Wheeler
Winnipeg Jets’ new captain Blake Wheeler speaks to the media during a press conference in Winnipeg on Wednesday, August 31, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Lipnowski)

On his 30th birthday, the Winnipeg Jets named forward Blake Wheeler as their new team captain on Wednesday.

Dustin Byfuglien and Mark Scheifele have been named as alternate captains.

Wheeler has been with the Jets organization for the past seven seasons, serving the last three years as an alternate captain to Andrew Ladd.

The Minnesota product finished tied for sixth in league scoring in 2015-16 with 78 points (26G, 52A).

Before arriving in Winnipeg, he played two seasons between the Atlana Thrashers and Boston Bruins.

In 2013, Wheeler signed a six-year contract extension with the Jets.

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