MILAN, Italy – Defenseman Connor Murphy (Dublin, Ohio/Arizona Coyotes) has been named captain and forwards Brock Nelson (Warroad, Minn./N.Y. Islanders) and Dylan Larkin (Waterford, Mich./Detroit Red Wings) have been named alternate captains of the 2017 U.S. Men’s National Team it was announced today by USA Hockey.
Murphy has played 38 games for Team USA, the most of any player on the 23-man roster. He is making his fourth appearance on the U.S. Men’s National Team, having competed in each of the previous three seasons and helping the 2015 team to a bronze medal. Murphy has also helped the U.S. capture gold medals in the 2011 IIHF U18 Men’s World Championship and the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Nelson is also making his fourth straight appearance as a member of the U.S. Men’s National Team. He helped Team USA claim bronze at the 2015 event in the Czech Republic. All total, Nelson has played 29 games internationally, including as a part of the U.S. bronze medal team in the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Larkin, who has played 31 games in a Team USA uniform, is making his third straight appearance on the U.S. Men’s National Team. He helped the U.S. earn bronze in the Czech Republic in the 2015 IIHF Men’s World Championship and also was part of the gold medal-winning U.S. team at the 2014 IIHF U18 Men’s World Championship.
Team USA will face Italy here tomorrow at 8 p.m. in its lone exhibition game in advance of the 2017 IIHF Men’s World Championship. The U.S. will then head to Cologne, Germany, where it will face host Germany to open play in the world championship on Friday (May 5) at 8:15 p.m. (game live on NHL Network).
|May 2||Italy (exh.)||W, 5-2||Agora Arena||Milan, Italy|
|May 5||Germany||L, 1-2||LANXESS Arena||Cologne, Germany|
|May 7||Denmark||W, 7-2||LANXESS Arena||Cologne, Germany|
|May 8||Sweden||W, 4-3||LANXESS Arena||Cologne, Germany|
|May 10||Italy||W, 3-0||LANXESS Arena||Cologne, Germany|
|May 13||Latvia||W, 5-3||LANXESS Arena||Cologne, Germany|
|May 14||Slovakia||W, 6-1||LANXESS Arena||Cologne, Germany|
|May 16||Russia||W, 5-3||LANXESS Arena||Cologne, Germany|
|May 18||Finland (quarterfinal)||L, 0-2||LANXESS Arena||Cologne, Germany|