USA Hockey announced Friday that Paul Stastny of the Colorado Avalanche will serve as captain of the men's national team, which plays its first game in the 2013 IIHF World Championship Saturday against Austria.
The 27-year-old previously represented the United States at the Worlds in 2007 and 2012 and was a member of the national team that won silver at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.
Stastny's alternate captains will be Matt Carle and Nate Thompson, teammates with the Tampa Bay Lightning who hail from Anchorage, Alaska. Carle is making his debut at the tournament; Thompson was an alternate captain on last year's squad, which finished seventh after losing 3-2 to Finland in the quarterfinals.
At the 2012 tournament, Stastny ranked second on the U.S. team with six assists and nine points in eight games. He finished third on the team in goals (three) and plus/minus (plus-6). In 40 games this season with Colorado, he collected nine goals and 24 points.