Two years ago on Thursday, the Florida Panthers made a change when they made Sasha Barkov the 10th captain in franchise history.
The moment was captured for all to see — or at least those media members gathered at BB&T Center as Derek MacKenzie passed the captainship over to Barkov outside the team locker room.
MacKenzie, the Panthers’ captain since 2016, came out with Barkov and the two posed for photos with Barkov’s new sweater.
Barkov, who was 23 at the time, had become the team’s most respected player both at home and abroad.
“This is awesome and a dream come true. This is probably the biggest honor of my life, to be the captain of an NHL team,” Barkov said then.