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Red Wings name Larkin captain

Detroit Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin looks on during a practice on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, in Calumet, Mich. The Red Wings and Blues played in a Kraft Hockeyville preseason NHL exhibition game at the Calumet Colosseum, built in 1913 and the world's oldest continuously used ice arena in the world. (Adam Niemi/The Daily Mining Gazette)

DETROIT — Dylan Larkin became the Red Wings’ 37th captain in franchise history on Wednesday.

Larkin, 24, is the first metro Detroit native to be named Red Wings’ captain. He served as an alternate captain since the 2018-19 season.

The team announced the decision late Wednesday morning.

The captaincy was vacant after Henrik Zetterberg, the last Red Wings’ captain, retired after the 2017-18 season because of injury.

Larkin is the second American named captain after Reed Larson (Minneapolis, Minn.).

Larkin has appeared in 389 games since 2015-16 with 107 goals and 266 points.

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