Hockey Canada announced today that Flyers captain Claude Giroux has been named captain of the 2017 Canadian team for the IIHF World Championships.
Ryan O'Reilly of the Buffalo Sabres, Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche and Marc-Edouard Vlasic of the San Jose Sharks will serve as alternate captains.
This is Giroux's third time representing Canada at the IIHF World Championships, but first time being named a captain. He helped them win gold in 2015 where he averaged a point per game with 10 points (3g-7a) in 10 contests, which included a goal and an assist in the gold medal game as Canada defeated Russia, 6-1. He also represented Canada at the 2013 tournament, when he also averaged a point per-game pace with three goals and five assists for eight points in eight games.
Giroux has also represented Canada on two other occasions. He helped lead Canada to gold in the IIHF World Junior Championships in 2008, while also being a part of the Canadian squad that won the 2016 World Cup of Hockey this past September.
Canada opens the 2017 IIHF World Championship against the Czech Republic on Friday, May 5, with preliminary-round games scheduled through Tuesday, May 16. The bronze- and gold-medal games will take place on Sunday, May 21.