One of the intriguing storylines regarding the World Cup of Hockey over the last few days has been who Team North America would place in its leadership group.
Well, the answer is here.
While Connor McDavid, the Canadian phenom that played a pretty damn good half of a season last year and is the potential heir to the NHL golden boy throne, was named captain, Philadelphia Flyers forward Sean Couturier still got some credit for his veteran presence on the under-23 squad and will serve as an alternate captain.
— Team North America (@TeamNA_WCH) September 8, 2016
It’s nice to see Couturier get the “A” for this team, particularly since he’s one of the oldest players on the roster and already has 350 NHL games under his belt. He’s a shutdown center that’s counted on in the most desperate or important of times, so he can be leaned on in any situation.
Long story short; he’s [alternate] captain material, without a doubt. Standing alongside McDavid and one of the premiere young defensemen in the world in Aaron Ekblad as part of the three-headed leadership group is undoubtedly an honor for Couturier and it’s cool to see him get recognized.
Team North America will battle Team Europe in pre-tournament action on ESPN2 tonight at 8 o’clock.
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