Roman Josi was named the captain for the Nashville Predators.
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Roman Josi stood at midfield at Nissan Stadium on Sept. 10, his Predators teammates encircling him and 69,000-plus people roaring their approval.

It felt like a coronation. The 27-year-old defenseman raised the Titans’ sword and plunged it into the turf, unofficially revealing himself as Predators captain. 

At least that’s how it appeared from afar. The Predators formally introduced Josi as their seventh full-time captain Tuesday, but there was some thinly veiled symbolism in that pregame huddle. 

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“We’re like, ‘All right, ‘Jos.’ Here you go, buddy.’ Trust me, (the sword) was handed right over to ‘Jos,’” Predators center Ryan Johansen said. “He’s our leader. He’s our captain. And he’s going to guide us in the direction to be successful.”


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Josi, the second Swiss-born captain in NHL history, replaces Mike Fisher, who retired last month after one season in the role.

The Predators revamped their leadership council this season, tapping defenseman Ryan Ellis as their newly created “associate captain.” Johansen, forward Filip Forsberg and defenseman Mattias Ekholm will act as alternate captains. Goaltender Pekka Rinne, defenseman P.K. Subban and center Nick Bonino round out the group. 

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“With regard to Roman, for me, his character as a person, a player and a teammate were the exact traits that we were looking for for our team,” Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. 


The Nashville Predators, fresh off their historic Stanley Cup Final bid, served as the Tennessee Titans honorary 12th man at Sunday’s home opener against the Oakland Raiders.
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In September 2016, Fisher succeeded Shea Weber as team captain, a no-brainer for an organization that needed someone of Fisher’s experience to preside over a major transition. The ages of the five players who received letters Tuesday are 27 or younger. 

It epitomizes the faith the Predators have in their young stars, who have rapidly matured with each season and…