09/12/2011 11:44 EDT | Updated 11/12/2011 05:12 EST

Rangers name Callahan new captain

Ryan Callahan was named the new captain of the New York Rangers on Monday.

Callahan set career highs in his fourth full NHL season, with 23 goals, 25 assists, 10 power-play markers and five game-winning goals.

The 26-year-old right-winger accomplished those numbers despite missing 20 games, the majority due to a broken hand. He then missed the playoffs after breaking his ankle in early April.

"Ryan Callahan embodies all the leadership qualities we seek from our captain," Rangers general manager Glen Sather said in a statement. "He leads by example with courage and a tireless work ethic on and off the ice, which is why he is so deserving of this honour."

Callahan recently struck a three-year deal with the Rangers that will reportedly total about $13 million US.

The Rochester, N.Y., native has represented the United States at a number of international tournaments, including the silver medal effort at the 2010 Olympics.

Selected in the fourth round of the 2004 draft by the Rangers after playing in the Ontario Hockey League with Guelph, Callahan has tallied 76 goals and 68 assists, with 179 penalty minutes, in 284 NHL games.

Callahan succeeds Chris Drury, who was cut loose this summer due to injuries and a prohibitive salary cap hit. Drury announced his retirement not long after the move.

Returning defencemen Marc Staal and Brad Richards, the team's prized free agent signing, have been named alternate captains.