Brent Sutter, coach of Canada’s entry at the upcoming world junior hockey championship, has named centre Scott Laughton the team’s captain.
The fourth-year Oshawa Generals centre, who will be competing at his first world juniors, has represented Canada at the under-17 and under-18 levels.
Drafted 20th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in 2012, Laughton is eighth in Ontario Hockey League scoring this season with 24 goals and 50 points in 29 games.
A strong two-way centre with great shot-blocking ability, the 19-year-old was held without a point in five games with the Flyers last season.
Defenceman Matt Dumba of the Minnesota Wild and Tampa Bay Lightning forward prospect Jonathan Drouin of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Halifax Mooseheads are Canada’s alternate captains.
Laughton, who is captain of the Generals, won a gold medal with Canada's national men's summer under-18 squad at the 2011 Ivan Hlinka tournament in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. A year ago, he was a member of Canada's bronze-winning team at the under-18 world championship in Brno, Czech Republic.
Dumba, 19, was Canada's captain at both tournaments and is one of three returnees to the world junior club.
Canada's final cut in each of the last two years, he has two points and a minus-5 rating in 13 games for the Wild this season.
Dumba is known as a big hitter who brings speed and skill to the defence.
Drouin was also a member of last year's Canadian national junior team that lost in the world junior semifinals to Russia.
The Mooseheads standout is back skating after missing the Canadian selection camp as he continues to recover from a concussion suffered recently after being hit by Adam Erne of the Quebec Remparts in a QMJHL game.
Drouin has 17 goals and 50 points in 23 games this season, good for sixth in the QMJHL.
Canada is expected to cut two forwards and one defenceman to get to the 22-player limit by Dec. 25. The tournament runs Dec. 26 through Jan. 5 in Malmo, Sweden.
Laughton and company will play their first pre-tourney game on Friday versus Finland, followed by contests against Sweden (Dec. 22) and Switzerland (Dec. 23)