COLUMBUS, OHIO – Hockey Canada announced that Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Rick Nash has been named captain for Team Canada at the 2011 IIHF World Championships, which will take place April 29-May 15 in Bratislava and Kosice, Slovakia.
Nash, 26, is a five-time NHL All-Star who led the Blue Jackets in scoring with 32-34-66 in 75 games this season. The Brampton, Ontario native is a Team Canada veteran having represented his country at the 2010 and 2006 Olympic Games, the 2008, 2007 and 2005 World Championships and 2002 World Junior Championships. He won gold medals at the 2010 Olympics and 2007 World Championships (All-Tournament Team selection) and earned silver at the 2008 and 2005 (All-Tournament Team) World Championships and 2002 WJC tournament.
Hockey Canada also named four alternate captains who will split these duties over the course of the event: Atlanta Thrashers left wing Andrew Ladd, Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf, Ottawa Senators center Jason Spezza and New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac.
The team has been in Paris since April 21, and won its first exhibition game 3-2 against France yesterday in Paris and will face the Czech Republic on April 27 in Prague before departing for Kosice, Slovakia, where Canada will be based for the preliminary round of the 2011 IIHF World Championship. For more information on the 2011 IIHF World Championship and Canada's National Men's Team, please visit www.HockeyCanada.ca.