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Sidney Crosby to captain Canada at world hockey championship

Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby will serve as Canada's captain at the world hockey championship. He was the captain of Canada's Olympic-champion squad in 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

Spezza, Hamhuis named alternates

Sidney Crosby, Canada's captain at the 2014 Sochi Olympics in Russia, will have the same role at the world hockey championship that starts Friday. Fellow NHL players Jason Spezza and Dan Hamhuis were named alternate captains. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)

Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby will serve as Canada's captain at the world hockey championship.

General manager Jim Nill also announced Thursday that Dan Hamhuis of the Vancouver Canucks and Jason Spezza of the Dallas Stars will serve as alternate captains. The world championship begins Friday in Prague and Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Crosby, of Cole Harbour, N.S., was the captain of Canada's Olympic-champion squad in 2014 in Sochi, Russia, and scored the overtime winner to lead the Canadian team to gold at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.

Hamhuis, of Smithers, B.C., will play in his sixth world championship. He helped Canada win gold in 2007 and silver in 2008 and 2009 while also being a member of the Canadian 2014 Olympic squad.

Spezza, a Toronto native, will also make his sixth world championship appearance, winning silver in 2008 and 2009. He also helped Canada capture the 2012 Spengler Cup.

Canada begins the tournament on Friday at 10:15 a.m. ET against Latvia.

Canada's roster for hockey worlds

GOALIES

Martin Jones, North Vancouver, B.C., Los Angeles Kings

Mike Smith, Kingston, Ont., Arizona Coyotes

DEFENCEMEN

Tyson Barrie, Victoria, Colorado Avalanche

Brent Burns, Barrie, Ont., San Jose Sharks

Aaron Ekblad, Windsor, Ont., Florida Panthers

Dan Hamhuis, Smithers, B.C., Vancouver Canucks

Jake Muzzin, Woodstock, Ont., L.A. Kings

David Savard, St. Hyacinthe, Que., Columbus Blue Jackets

Patrick Wiercioch, Maple Ridge, B.C., Ottawa Senators

FORWARDS

Sean Couturier, Bathurst, N.B., Philadelphia Flyers

Sidney Crosby, Cole Harbour, N.S., Pittsburgh Penguins

Matt Duchene, Haliburton, Ont., Colorado

Cody Eakin, Winnipeg, Dallas Stars

Jordan Eberle, Regina, Edmonton Oilers

Tyler Ennis, Edmonton, Buffalo Sabres

Claude Giroux, Hearst, Ont., Philadelphia Flyers

Taylor Hall, Calgary, Edmonton

Nathan MacKinnon, Cole Harbour, N.S., Colorado

Ryan O'Reilly, Clinton, Ont., Colorado

Brayden Schenn, Saskatoon, Philadelphia

Tyler Seguin, Brampton, Ont., Dallas

Jason Spezza, Toronto, Dallas

Tyler Toffoli, Scarborough, Ont., L.A. Kings

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