The list of men who have been captain of the Montreal Canadiens is filled with legends. In Pacioretty, hockey's oldest and most famous franchise installed a new kind of leader, an American kid who is quiet yet commanding and was no instant superstar. Born in New Canaan, Conn., Pacioretty was a first-round pick (No. 22) in the 2007 NHL Draft who would spend time in the American Hockey League before making his mark in the NHL. Following his one season at the University of Michigan, where he had 15 goals and 38 points in 36 game, the Canadiens signed him to a three-year, entry-level contract. In storybook fashion, Pacioretty scored on his first official NHL shot on goal, against the New Jersey Devils in 2009, but in his first two pro seasons he split time between Montreal and Hamilton of the AHL.
Rebounding with great success from the effects of a frightening hit in 2011 during a game against the Boston Bruins, Pacioretty was awarded the Bill Masterton Trophy for his perseverance, presented to the "player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication" to the game.
Pacioretty's influence on the ice and in the locker room was growing. The Canadiens had built a strong leadership core that also included goaltender Carey Price, effervescent defenseman P.K. Subban, gritty young forward Brendan Gallagher and veteran defenseman Andrei Markov. With the Canadiens without a captain after free agent Brian Gionta signed with the Buffalo Sabres, General manager Marc Bergevin and coach Michel Therrien left it to the players to decide. According to Bergevin, the vote wasn't close. Pacioretty was named the 29th captain of the Montreal Canadiens on Sept. 18, 2015.
Jonathan Drouin is a 22 year old NHL player who recently signed a 6 year contract with the Montreal Canadiens. The Quebec native had an incredible junior career starring for the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL. In 2012–13, Jonathan was named Canadian Hockey League Player of the Year and went on to win the Memorial Cup with Halifax. Jonathan was selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round, third overall, of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. After entering the NHL among a group of highly touted elite young players, Jonathan enjoyed a remarkable 2015-16 playoffs where he registered 5 goals, 9 assists, 14 points in 17 games. Jonathan had a stellar 2016-17 campaign where he registered 21 goals, 32 assists for 53 points. On June 15, 2017 Jonathan was traded to the Montreal Canadiens by the Tampa Bay Lightning for defenseman Mikhail Sergachev. Jonathan's game breaking speed and unique skill set him apart as one of the NHL's brightest young stars.