The Toronto Maple Leafs announced their 25th captain in franchise history last night as John Tavares skated out wearing the "C". 

After a month of speculation, Tavares was given the honour and it was definitely a great choice as he's already had experience being captain with the Islanders. 

With the news, one of the most popular Leafs' captains in recent history, Doug Gilmour wrote an open letter to Tavares for The Athletic. 

Filled with stories and some advice he received from Pat Burns, Gilmour had lots of great things to say to Tavares. 

Here's an excerpt from the letter:

"But you’re in a unique a situation now. You are the new leader of a young and talented team.

When I wore the Leafs “C”, I played alongside my eventual replacement. It was clear that eventually, it would be Mats’ team.

I viewed it as my job to help prepare him for that. He was only 23 years old. It was my responsibility to help show him how it’s done.

Just like others had done for me.

John, you are the first captain the Leafs have named in three years.

You’re a player who doesn’t show a lot of emotion. You keep it under control.

You’re older than the other stars on the team — and that experience matters. You’ve been through it already.

Don’t change a thing.

As a boy, I know this was something you dreamed of.

So wear it proudly, now. I promise you, it’s an honour you’ll never forget."

Source: The Athletic