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Crosby to captain Team Canada at World Cup

Associated Press
Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby gets off the jet from California with the Stanley Cup beside Patric Hornqvist after the team's flight arrived at a private hangar Monday at Greater Pittsburgh International Airport in Moon, Pa.

Canada has chosen Sidney Crosby as its captain for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.

Crosby returns as Canada’s captain after wearing the “C’’ for the 2014 Sochi Olympics. He’s coming off his second Stanley Cup as captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews and Montreal Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber will serve as the alternates.

Crosby scored one of Canada’s biggest goals in international history when he beat U.S. goaltender Ryan Miller to win the gold medal on home ice at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Now 29, he has two gold medals, two Cup rings and a Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

Canada begins training camp Sept. 5 in Ottawa. The World Cup begins Sept. 17 in Toronto.

The Red Wings have eight players competing in the World Cup.

Justin Abdelkader (USA), Dylan Larkin (Team North America), Henrik Zetterberg (Sweden), Petr Mrazek (Czech Republic), Alexey Marchenko (Russia), and Tomas Tatar, Frans Nielsen and Thomas Vanek (Team Europe) are scheduled to participate.