Senators name Erik Karlsson captain

Marc DesRosiers / USA Today

Norris Trophy winning defenseman Erik Karlsson will be the ninth captain in Ottawa Senators history.

The Senators announced the decision at a press conference on Thursday.

Karlsson led Ottawa in scoring last season with 74 points, four shy of his career-best set in 2011-12, when he was selected as the best defenseman in the NHL. He replaces Jason Spezza, who served as captain for one season before being traded to the Dallas Stars.

Karlsson is the second Swedish player to be named captain of the Senators.

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