Also, would Memory Alpha be considered canon, being called the "Canon Encyclopedia"?
Unfortunately, no. Memory Alpha
is an excellent reference tool, but there are bits and pieces of information within the site that aren't supported by anything on screen. MA contains several paragraphs about Captain Picard's twenty-two-year run as the commander of the USS Stargazer
. Yet there's absolutely no dialogue in TNG that supports this; what we know of Picard's time aboard the Stargazer
is that Jack Crusher served with him and that he took command of the ship's bridge after a previous captain was killed.
But there is absolutely no information about how long he served on the vessel, nor is it clear how he rose to the rank of captain.