Since Nov. 27, 2005, the Buffalo Sabres have played 504 games. Jason Pominville has dressed in 494 of them, more than any other player. Obviously, he's a fixture in Sabreland.



When he skates out today for his 495th game — and for every foreseeable outing after the season opener against Anaheim — he'll do it as captain.



Sabres coach Lindy Ruff announced Pominville would wear the "C" during a private team event Thursday night. Pominville fills the vacancy left in February when the Sabres waived Craig Rivet, who began his captaincy in 2008-09.



Pominville actually preceded Rivet as the team leader, wearing the "C" in March and April 2008 during a season in which Ruff rotated the honor monthly. Pominville has been an alternate captain the past three seasons.



His alternates will be Thomas Vanek, Derek Roy, Paul Gaustad and Drew Stafford, with two wearing an "A" each game.



Pominville isn't the loudest Sabre. He is, however, talented and dependable. The 28-year-old is on the ice with his teammates nearly every day, and he's always front and center in the dressing room to give his take on what is going wrong or right.



His resume also includes 358 points in 459 regular-season games. Pominville will start the year with five straight 20-goal seasons, including a career-best 34 in 2006-07. The Quebec native set personal bests in assists (53) and points (80) the following season, becoming a fan favorite who forced observers to keep track of Pominville's goal "population."