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Jeremy Roenick: NHL is looking for Connor McDavid to become the next Gretzky
1:08 | NHL
Jeremy Roenick: NHL is looking for Connor McDavid to become the next Gretzky

QUEBEC CITY (AP) Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid was named captain of Team North America in the World Cup of Hockey on Thursday.

The 19-year-old McDavid had 16 goals and 48 points in 45 games last season. He was drafted first overall in 2015.

Philadelphia forward Sean Couturier and Florida defenseman Aaron Ekblad will serve as alternate captains for the team made up of Canadian and U.S players age 23 or under as of Oct. 1.

''On a team full of future NHL captains, we have a strong leadership group,'' coach Todd McLellan said. ''In particular, these three players - Connor, Sean and Aaron - have identified themselves in camp as key leaders for our team.''

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