Jim Nill, general manager of Canada’s National Men’s Team, announced Thursday, in collaboration with Hockey Canada, that Sidney Crosby (Cole Harbour, N.S./Pittsburgh, NHL) will serve as captain of Canada’s National Men’s Team at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, scheduled for May 1-17 in Prague and Ostrava, Czech Republic.
Nill also announced that Dan Hamhuis (Smithers, B.C./Vancouver, NHL) and Jason Spezza (Toronto, Ont./Dallas, NHL) will serve as alternate captains.
Crosby captained Canada to a gold medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, and won Olympic gold at the 2010 Games, scoring the overtime winner in the gold medal game.
He also played at the 2006 IIHF World Championship and two IIHF World Junior Championships (2004, 2005), winning World Junior gold in 2005 and silver in 2004.
Crosby made his international debut with Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team at the 2003 Junior World Cup, winning a gold medal.