McCabe, Johansson get A’s

The Sabres named their alternate captains on Wednesday, giving Jake McCabe and Marcus Johansson the A’s on their jerseys. 

It’s a little surprising to see a new player to the team get a letter right off the bat. This comes after the Sabres had Kyle Okposo and Jason Pominville as alternates last season. 



Johansson becomes the second Swedish player to wear a letter for Buffalo. The only other one was Henrik Tallinder during the 2013-14 season.

“Just looking at practice – it feels like guys are ready. I mean, there’s high intensity, guys look hungry. – Johansson

Here’s a complete list of all the Sabres captains and alternates:

SeasonCaptain(s)Alternate(s)
1970-71Floyd Smith
1971-72Gerry Meehan
1972-73Gerry Meehan
1973-74Gerry Meehan
1974-75Jim Schoenfeld
1975-76Jim Schoenfeld
1976-77Jim Schoenfeld
1977-78Danny Gare
1978-79Danny Gare
1979-80Danny Gare
1980-81Danny Gare
1981-82Danny Gare
1982-83Gilbert Perreault
1983-84Gilbert Perreault
1984-85Gilbert PerreaultLindy Ruff
1985-86Gilbert PerreaultLindy Ruff
1986-87Lindy RuffMike Foligno
1987-88Lindy RuffPhil Housley
Mike Foligno
1988-89Mike FolignoPhil Housley
Lindy Ruff
1989-90Mike FolignoPhil Housley
Mike Ramsey
1990-91Mike FolignoDale Hawerchuk
Mike Ramsey
1991-92Mike RamseyDale Hawerchuk
Dave Andreychuk
1992-93Pat LaFontaineDale Hawerchuk
Doug Bodger
1993-94Alexander MogilnyDale Hawerchuk
Pat LaFontaineDoug Bodger
1994-95Pat LaFontaineDale Hawerchuk
Doug Bodger
1995-96Pat LaFontaineRandy Burridge
Doug Bodger
1996-97Michael PecaRandy Burridge
Pat LaFontaine
1997-98Michael PecaRob Ray
Donald Audette
1998-99Michael PecaRob Ray
Darryl Shannon
1999-00Michael PecaJason Woolley
Rob Ray
2000-01Jason Woolley
Doug Gilmour
Rob Ray
2001-02Stu BarnesJason Woolley
Rob Ray
2002-03Stu BarnesJason Woolley
Rob Ray
2003-04Chris DruryMiroslav Satan
Daniel Briere
J.P. Dumont
James Patrick
2005-06Daniel BriereTeppo Numminen
Chris Drury
2006-07Daniel BriereTeppo Numminen
Chris Drury
2007-08Jochen HechtJaroslav Spacek
Jason PominvilleBrian Campbell
Toni Lydman
2008-09Craig RivetJochen Hecht
Teppo Numminen
2009-10Craig RivetDerek Roy
Jochen Hecht
2010-11Craig RivetPaul Gaustad
Jochen Hecht
Jason Pominville
Derek Roy
2011-12Jason PominvillePaul Gaustad
Derek Roy
Thomas Vanek
Drew Stafford
2012-13Jason PominvilleThomas Vanek
Drew Stafford
Steve Ott
2013-14Steve OttChristian Ehrhoff
Thomas VanekDrew Stafford
Henrik Tallinder
Zemgus Girgensons
2014-15Brian GiontaPatrick Kaleta
Josh Gorges
Matt Moulson
Mike Weber
2015-16Brian GiontaTyler Ennis
Josh Gorges
Ryan O'Reilly
2016-17Brian GiontaTyler Ennis
Josh Gorges
Ryan O'Reilly
2017-18Zach Bogosian
Jack Eichel
Ryan O'Reilly
Kyle Okposo
2018-19Jack EichelKyle Okposo
Jason Pominville
2019-20Jack EichelMarcus Johansson
Jake McCabe




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