Doan earns captain's C for Team Canada
GM Yzerman says Coyotes forward did great job leading squad to gold in 2007
Team Canada general manager Steve Yzerman is sticking with what works, naming Phoenix Coyote Shane Doan captain for the upcoming world men's hockey championship.
Saturday's announcement also included the addition of Tampa Bay Lightning forward Martin St. Louis and Edmonton Oilers defenceman Steve Staios as Doan's assistants.
Doan will be playing in his eighth international event for Canada and has already won three world championship gold medals, including the one he earned last year in Moscow while serving as that team's captain.
"We know that Shane will do a great job in leading our team, as he did last year in Moscow where we won gold," Yzerman said of Doan, a native of Halkirk, Alta. "We are very pleased with the leadership group named today."
Doan's captaincy in 2007 became front page news in Canada when it was debated in the House of Commons because of remarks he was alleged to have made about francophones.
An investigation found that Doan did not make the remarks.
Doan is fresh off a career season — his 12th in the NHL — in which he posted 78 points and eighth consecutive campaign of 20 or more goals.
St. Louis of Laval, Que., has represented Canada on two previous occasions — the 2006 Winter Olympics and 2004 World Cup of Hockey where Canada finished first.
St. Louis won the NHL’s Art Ross Trophy as the league’s leading scorer in 2003-04, and was recently named as a finalist for the Lady Byng trophy in 2007-08. He won a Stanley Cup with the Lightning in 2003-04, and has just completed his ninth NHL season.
Staios, who hails from Hamilton, is playing in his fourth world championship, winning gold in 2003 and 2004, where he served as an alternate captain.
On Friday, defencemen Mike Green of the Washington Capitals and Dan Hamhuis of the Nashville Predators were added to the Canadian roster, their NHL teams having been eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Yzerman also named seven players and two alternates to the team Thursday, including Ottawa Senators standouts Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza.
Three players from Canada's national junior team — defenceman Logan Pyett and forwards Cory Emmerton and Kyle Turris, a Phoenix Coyotes prospect — will join Team Canada for training camp purposes only.
The 12-team tournament runs May 2-18 in Quebec City and Halifax, with the gold medal game scheduled for May 18.
Canada will have two exhibition games — Saturday versus Finland and Monday against Russia at the Coliseum in Quebec City — before opening its title defence May 2 against Slovenia.
With files from the Canadian Press