The New York Islanders on Monday announced John Tavares as the 14th captain in franchise history during a press conference at Bethpage State Park Golf Course in Farmingdale N.Y. Tavares who turns 23 on Sept. 20 replaces defenseman Mark Streit who was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in June.

"I'm honored to be named captain of the New York Islanders" Tavares said. "To represent my teammates coaches management and the incredible fans that support this historic franchise is something that I take seriously. My experiences over the past four seasons have prepared me for this responsibility and I look forward to the challenge of leading the Islanders each season as we contend for the Stanley Cup."

Tavares led the Islanders last season with 47 points (28 goals 19 assists) in 48 games and had team-high totals of three goals and five assists in six Stanley Cup Playoff games. He also was a finalist for the Hart Trophy as the NHL's Most Valuable Player.

"John has developed into an elite player in this League and become the leader of our franchise both on and off the ice" Islanders General Manager Garth Snow said. "He consistently represents our organization with class and respect. John's work ethic and determination inspires his teammates to succeed which makes him the perfect choice to lead our franchise."

Tavares told NHL.com at the annual Player Media Tour last Friday that the captaincy is a role he's ready to accept.