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:
Ryan Getzlaf named captain of Canada at the world championship. Dion Phaneuf and Patrick Sharp will be alternates.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) May 3, 2012
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.