GLENDALE -- USA Hockey on Monday named Coyotes defenseman Connor Murphy as its team captain for the upcoming 2017 IIHF World Championship.
Murphy, 24, has played 38 games for Team USA in international competitions, including the past three world championships. Murphy and Team USA won the bronze medal in 2015. Playing for Team USA before reaching the NHL, Murphy won a gold medal at the 2011 U18 World Junior Championship and a gold medal at the 2013 U20 World Junior Championship.
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The U.S. will begin its quest for gold on Friday when it faces host Germany in Cologne to open play in the World Championship. The game can be seen on NHL Network at 11:15 a.m. Arizona time.
Murphy, who is from Dublin, Ohio, set career-highs with 15 assists and 201 hits this season. He also matched his career-high for points with 17.
Two other Coyotes - forwards Christian Dvorak and Clayton Keller - also are on Team USA's roster for the World Championship.