With the 2014 Winter Olympics approaching, many wondered who would captain Team Canada. Well the anticipation is finally over. Hockey Canada announced today that Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby would captain the team, with Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews and Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber being the alternate captains. Crosby leads the NHL with 68 points this season.
This will be Toews' second appearance at the Olympics and first time having a letter on his chest. Toews recorded eight points in the 2010 Winter Olympics en route to being named the tournament's best forward. He ranks 10th in the NHL this season with 48 points and is one of the best, if not the best, two-way player in the NHL. His ability to play the power play, the penalty kill and help out on defense will once again be a big benefit for Team Canada.
Despite not wearing the "C" on his jersey, Toews will be called upon to lead by example. Having won two Stanley Cups over the course of his young career, Toews has been through adversity and knows that it takes to win. He can help the inexperienced players on and off the ice and act as a mentor towards them.
Team Canada plays their first game on Thursday, February 13 against Norway.
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