Abdelkader named captain of U.S. men's national team

Team USA named Justin Abdelkader its captain Friday in advance of its first game against Team Belarus as the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation men's world championship begins.

Team USA names Justin Abdelkader its captain Friday in advance of its first game against Team Belarus.

Jerome Miron

The Detroit Red Wings have developed some excellent leaders over the years.

Now there's a new name to add to the list, according to USA Hockey's website.

Team USA named Justin Abdelkader its captain Friday in advance of its first game against Team Belarus as the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation men's world championship begins.

The tournament takes place from May 9-25 in Belarus.

Abdelkader, 27, played for the U.S. men's national team during the 2012 IIHF men's world championship in Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden. He scored a goal and three assists in that tournament.

Abdelkader also played for the 2007 U.S. National Junior squad that won the bronze medal in Leksand and Mora, Sweden.

The Nashville Predators' Craig Smith was named an alternate captain. The second alternate captain will be shared by the New York Islanders' Colin McDonald and AK Bars Kazan's Tim Stapleton.

The games will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network.