Justin Abdelkader, of the Detroit Red Wings, has been named the captain for Team USA at the World Championship in Minsk, Belarus.
Captaining Team US is a big step for Abdelkader, but he should excel in this role because he has learned from Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall, Kris Draper, Pavel Datsyuk, and many more players on how to effectively lead a team on and off the ice.
Abdelkader has international experience, having played for Team USA in the World Championship last year in Stockholm, Sweden and Helsinki, Finland. He picked up one goal and three assists in last year’s tournament.
Justin Abdelkader’s teammate and Detroit Red Wings’ player, Danny DeKeyser is also a part of Team USA for the World Championship.
The World Championship beings for Team USA today as they face Belarus in the tournament opener for both teams at 1:45 p.m. ET. The game will be aired live on NBC Sports Network.