CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), announced Friday that Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Burnaby, B.C./Oklahoma City, AHL) has been named captain of Canada’s National Junior Team for the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Head coach Steve Spott made the announcement prior to Canada’s departure for Helsinki, Finland.
Two players were also named as alternate captains by Spott: Scott Harrington (Kingston, Ont./London, OHL) and Jonathan Huberdeau (St-Jérôme, Que./Saint John, QMJHL).
Canada will play two pre-competition games prior to the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, on Dec. 20 against Finland in Vantaa, Finland and Dec. 22 against Sweden in Helsinki, Finland.
Canada will play its first game of the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship on Boxing Day, Dec. 26 against Germany, a game that will be broadcast LIVE by TSN and RDS at 4:30 a.m. ET/1:30 a.m. PT.
Canada has medalled at 14 consecutive IIHF World Junior Championships, including gold medal performances in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, silver medals in 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2010 and 2011 and bronze medals in 2000, 2001 and 2012.
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