2. Derian Hatcher (1991-2003)
Derian Hatcher’s tenure began as a 19-year old with the Minnesota North Stars. By the time he was 26, the Michigan native was the first American-born captain of a Stanley Cup Championship team.
Hatcher was as physical as defenseman come. It would be an understatement to say Hatcher at 6-5, 235 lbs. was imposing on opposing forwards. Individual defensive metrics like hits and blocks were not recorded during Hatcher’s Stars tenure. If such stats were, one can only imagine how large they would be.
Derian Hatcher remains the longest tenured captain in Dallas Stars history. However, his 12 years and 827 games played with the franchise have not resulted in his No. 5 being retired.
Hatcher was an 8-time All-Star with Calder and Norris Trophy finalist honors to his resume. Offensively, he contributed 71 goals and 223 assists to the Stars. His tenure in Dallas also included 1,380 penalty minutes.