MUNICH, Germany – Nick Bonino (Unionville, Conn.), who has twice helped the U.S. to bronze medals (2018, 2015) at the IIHF Men’s World Championship and has been part of two Stanley Cup-winning teams (2016, 2017) with the Pittsburgh Penguins, has been named captain of the 2023 U.S. Men’s National Team. Bonino has played in more than 900 NHL games over his 14-year career.
Additionally, Alex Tuch (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) and Conor Garland (Scituate, Mass.) were tabbed as alternate captains. Tuch is a seven-year NHL veteran who had 79 points, including 36 goals for the Buffalo Sabres in 2022-23. While he is his playing in his first IIHF Men’s World Championship, Tuch has twice played for Team USA on the international stage, including helping the U.S. to gold at the 2014 IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship. Garland, spent the 2022-23 campaign with the Vancouver Canucks and registered 46 points (17G, 29A) in 81 regular-season games. He was part of the bronze medal-winning U.S. squad at the 2021 IIHF Men’s World Championship and was Team USA’s leading point-getter with six goals and seven assists in 10 games played.
“We feel really good about the leadership group we’ve named and they will be a positive influence with our entire group,” said David Quinn, head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team. “We’re excited about getting the world championship started on Friday and competing for a gold medal.”
The U.S. Men’s National Team will begin play in the 2023 IIHF Men’s World Championship on Friday (May 12) against Finland with opening faceoff set for 4:20 p.m. local time/9:20 a.m. ET. That game and all Team USA contests can be seen live on NHL Network.