Brayden Point and Joe Hicketts will help lead Team Canada.
Helsinki, Finland – Hockey Canada named the leadership group for Canada’s National Junior Team earlier to day in Helsinki. Moose Jaw Warriors forward Brayden Point will wear the ‘C’ for Canada, while Victoria Royals defenceman Joe Hicketts will don an ‘A.’
In addition to Hicketts (Kamloops, B.C./Victoria, WHL), Point (Calgary/Moose Jaw, WHL) will have Lawson Crouse (Mt. Brydges, Ont./Kingston, OHL) as an alternate captain.
“These three players have set a tremendous example for the rest of our team from the start of our camp,” said head coach Dave Lowry. “The leadership, work ethic and attention to detail shown by Brayden, Lawson and Joe are the standard for their teammates.”
Hicketts and Point are two of seven current WHL players suiting up for Team Canada this year. Additionally, former Calgary Hitmen Jake Virtanen joins the group after being loaned from his NHL club.
Canada won gold at the IIHF World Junior Championship on home ice in January. The team has not won in Europe since 2008 – the fourth of five consecutive gold medals for Canada’s National Junior Team from 2005-09.