Brayden Point named Canada captain at world juniors

Brayden Point of Team Canada skates after a loose puck against Team Russia during the gold medal game in the 2015 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship at the Air Canada Centre on January 5, 2015 in Toronto. Claus Andersen/Getty Images

HELSINKI – Moose Jaw Warriors forward Brayden Point was named captain of Canada’s team at the world junior hockey championship on Thursday.

Point learned he’d be captain after an autograph session at the team hotel in Helsinki, Finland, where the tournament is being held.

Point will be assisted by winger Lawson Crouse and defenceman Joe Hicketts. All three are returning from last year’s gold-medal winning team.

“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.”

The team has not won in Europe since 2008 — the fourth of five consecutive gold medals for Canada’s junior team from 2005-09.

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Canada opens the tournament against the United States on Saturday.

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