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Beauchemin To Be Alternate Captain At Worlds

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs

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MANNHEIM, Germany --
Captain Canada is back at the IIHF World Hockey Championship.

Ryan Smyth was named Canada's captain ahead of the event on Friday, making it a record sixth time he'll serve in that role.

The 34-year-old forward is the country's all-time leader in games played at the event with 59 and will be participating in his eighth world championship.

Canada will use a rotating cast of four alternates during the tournament: Francois Beauchemin, Corey Perry, Steven Stamkos and Ray Whitney.

The Canadian team opens the event against Italy on Saturday.

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