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