Forward Mark Stone will hold the distinction of being the first captain of the Vegas Golden Knights.

The Golden Knights made it official on Wednesday, one day before they begin their fourth NHL season against the visiting Anaheim Ducks.

"(Coach Pete DeBoer) called me in to his office. Didn't really think much of it, just thought maybe he was going to ask about the camp. Asked me if I was up for the opportunity to be the captain of this team," Stone said. "This is an organization I've always wanted to be a part of so to be able to be the first captain of this franchise it's very honoring, very humbling and I'm excited to see where this team goes."

Stone, 28, recorded 63 points (21 goals, 42 assists) in 65 games last season and finished as the runner-up in the voting for the Selke Trophy, awarded to the top defensive forward.

Stone has served as an alternate captain since he was acquired in a trade from the Ottawa Senators on Feb. 25, 2019. He has seven seasons left on an eight-year, $76 million contract he signed with Vegas.

"I'm extremely happy for Mark. We're proud of him and think he's going to do a tremendous job for our team," Golden Knights general manager Kelly McCrimmon said. "He's a very respected player. He's had nine full years as pro, he plays at an extremely high level every night.

"You see the passion and commitment he has to being the best he can be. We had made the decision in each of our three preceding years to go with alternate captains only. This time around, we felt we had the obvious guy and this was the time to name a captain."

Stone has collected 385 points (149 goals, 236 assists) in 449 career games with the Senators and Golden Knights.

--Field Level Media

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