2012 World Hockey Championships: Patrick Sharp Named Team Captain Alternate Of Team Canada

BUFFALO, NY - OCTOBER 11: Patrick Kane #88 and Duncan Keith #2 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrate Kane's goal in the first period against the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena on October 11, 2010 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

The 2012 IIHF World Hockey Championship tournament begins on Friday with Blackhawks C Patrick Sharp looking to dethrone 2011's champion, Finland, as a member of Team Canada.

The 2012 Canadian national team, poised to begin their first game on Friday for the 2012 IIHF World Hockey Championship tournament, have officially named their team captains with Chicago Blackhawks C Patrick Sharp earning alternate honors:

Sharp played 74 games for the Blackhawks in the 2011-12 season, scoring 33 goals with 36 assists. The 30-year-old veteran was a late addition to the Team Canada roster following the Blackhawks' unceremonious defeat in the first round of the NHL playoffs.

C Ryan Getzlaf, from Regina, Saskatchewan, played all 82 games for the Anaheim Ducks in the 2011-12 season and scored 11 goals with 46 assists.

For more on the Chicago Blackhawks, head over to the Blackhawks blog Second City Hockey. And for more looks from around the league, check out SB Nation's NHL news hub.

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