Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid will serve as Canadian captain at the upcoming IIHF world hockey championship.
McDavid, who led the NHL with 108 points this season, helped Canada win gold at the 2016 tournament.
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Buffalo Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly and St. Louis Blues forward Brayden Schenn will serve as alternate captains at the May 4-20 competition in Copenhagen and Herning, Denmark.
“We have a mix of youth and veterans on our team, and the three players chosen to wear a letter know what it takes to be successful in international competition and that will help us be successful in our ultimate goal,” Canada head coach Bill Peters said Monday in a release.
Canada’s Connor McDavid skates with the trophy following his team’s gold medal victory over Team Russia at the IIHF World Junior Championship in Toronto on Jan. 5, 2015. Frank Gunn,
Canada’s Connor McDavid skates with the trophy following his team’s gold medal victory over Team Russia at the IIHF World Junior Championship in Toronto on Jan. 5, 2015.
Canada is staging its pre-tournament camp in Riga and will play the Latvian national team in a pre-tournament game Tuesday.
Sweden is the defending champion at this year’s competition. Canada settled for silver last year after taking gold in 2015 and 2016.
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Canada will open the tournament Friday against the United States.
Team Canada has won gold at two of the last three IIHF World Championships, going undefeated during the 2015 tournament in the Czech Republic and shutting out Finland in the gold-medal game in 2016 in Russia.
Last year, Canada skated to silver after falling to Sweden in the gold-medal game in Cologne, Germany.