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Crosby to captain National Men's Team

by Ryan Dittrick (@ryandittrick) / Winnipeg Jets

Sidney Crosby will once again don the ‘C’ as he prepares to lead Team Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Hockey Championship, beginning tomorrow, May 1, in Prague and Ostrava, Czech

Dan Hamhuis (Vancouver Canucks) and Jason Spezza (Dallas Stars) will serve as alternate captains, Hockey Canada announced via Twitter Thursday.

Crosby, captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins, has represented our nation on numerous occasions, twice leading Canada to Olympic gold (Vancouver in 2010, Sochi in 2014). In 2006 – the last time he participated in the World Championship – Crosby, 18 at the time, was named the tournament’s top forward after putting up an incredible 16 points (8G, 8A) in only nine games. To this day, he continues to hold the IIHF record for becoming the youngest player ever to win a World Championship scoring title.

As a member of Canada’s National Junior Team, Crosby won a World Junior gold in 2005, one year after a silver medal-winning debut at the tournament.

Longstanding members of Canada’s National Men’s Team, Hamhuis and Spezza will each be appearing for the sixth time at the World Championship. Hamhuis won gold in 2007, while
Spezza has yet to come out on top in this format.

Two Winnipeg Jets will be taking part in this year's tournament: Connor Hellebuyck (USA) and Ondrej Pavelec (Czech Republic). The action gets underway tomorrow at 9:15am CT as Canada squares off with Latvia. Stay tuned to for complete coverage throughout the tournament.

-- Ryan Dittrick,

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