Ahead of their first pre-tournament game, Team North America announced that Oilers centre Connor McDavid has been named their captain for the World Cup of Hockey 2016. Philadelphia Flyers forward Sean Couturier and Florida Panthers defenceman Aaron Ekblad are the alternate captains.
McDavid, 19, had 48 points (16-32-48) in 45 NHL games his rookie season with Edmonton.
"On a team full of future NHL captains, we have a strong leadership group on Team North America," said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan, who serves in the same capacity for North America.
"In particular, these three players - Connor, Sean and Aaron - have identified themselves in camp as key leaders for our team. They will be assisted by their teammates to ensure the full group is working together towards our goal of having success in the World Cup of Hockey."