Abdelkader named captain of U.S. men's national team
MAY 09, 2014 12:17p ET
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 games will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network.