USA Hockey announced today that Wisconsin sophomore defenseman Jake McCabe has been named captain for the U.S. National Junior Team. Cole Bardreau, J.T. Miller, Seth Jones and Jacob Trouba have been named the alternates.
McCabe is a bit of a surprise choice with two players with WJC experience on the team, but he is the third Wisconsin Badger since 2010 to be Team USA’s captain at the World Junior Championship. Derek Stepan in 2010 and John Ramage in 2011 were the other two.
McCabe is a good two-way defenseman with a sound work ethic. He plays hard and can do a little bit of everything. In addition to evaluating players’ talents for the team, the staff is always evaluating and identifying the leaders for their team during the camp process. Apparently McCabe stood out and he now has the task of helping lead the U.S. into the World Junior Championship.
The four assistant captains will alternate their letters with Bardreau and Trouba wearing As in one color jersey and Miller and Jones wearing As in the other color. I’m not a huge fan of alternating captains, but they have a lot of good options on this team so it’s not a huge surprise that they’re spreading out the designated leadership a bit.
The U.S. still has to get down one more player before rosters must be submitted to the IIHF on the night of Dec. 25. Team USA opens World Junior play on Dec. 27 against Germany.
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