American-born Team Captains - Who was the best?

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  1. Goose

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    If you had to pick an American-born player who served as captain for an NHL team, who would you pick?
     
  2. Brian Leetch.
     
  3. SChan*

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    Mike Modano. Easily.
     
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    Are we talking the best leader, or the best player. I'd need to see a list of American-born captains to pinpoint the best leader. But who's the best player among those who have served as a captain? Chris Chelios.
     
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    Was Chelios a captain? If so, him.
     
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    Rod Langway.
     
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    Wasn't Modano the first american captain to win a cup? could be wrong...
     
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    He was born in Taiwan, but he is American.
     
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    Hatcher was the captain back then.
     
  11. SChan*

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    oops I forgot..
     
  12. espo*

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    Yeah,Chelios.
     
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    Another vote for Langway.
     
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    Leetch and Modano were great players, but weren't great captains.

    Langway's Caps never won squat when in mattered.
     
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    For leadership, Hatcher.
     
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    Hatcher is the only American to captain a team to a Cup. Hard to argue with that.
     
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    He is also currently only NHL player, who can't skate.
     
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    Either Langway or Chelios.

    Even if Hatcher won a Cup, he doesn't even deserve a sniff of being mentionned in the same sentence than those two greats.
     
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    I thought we were debating leadership, not player skills.
     
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    Langway captained one of the biggest choking teams ever. Hatcher is a way better captain. Chelios is a way better player and a solid captain, but on pure leadership ability, Hatcher gets the nod IMO.

    He could back in the day. He was never a great skater, but he wasn't a liability for the first 10 years of his career. Players that size tend to get worn down a bit quicker.
     
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    If you can't play, I don't care how much you have "leadership qualities". Generally I think leadership qualities are totally overrated here HFBoards.
     
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    Yes, he was probably little better than now, but he's never been even an average skater in the NHL.
     
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    He wasn't a liability, thanks to clutch and grab era.
     

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