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Will Patrick Kane Have A Leadership Role On Team USA?

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It’s finally September. We are finally into the month that begins the happiest time of all, Hockey season. Pat yourselves on the back everyone, we made it.

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The World Cup of Hockey begins next week with preliminary tournament games and then hits the real action on September 17, when Team USA takes on Team Europe and Team Canada faces the Czech Republic.

 Although, with just a week before teams report to their respective training camps, specifically Team USA reporting to Columbus in four days, there are still questions to be answered. Questions such as who will be in the leadership roles for Team USA?
For Chicago Blackhawks fans, it’s already been announced that Captain Jonathan Toews will serve as one of Team Canada’s alternate Captains. For Patrick Kane of Team USA, though, the question still remains if he will be in the mix for a leadership role for the United States.
Heading into Team USA’s training camp on September 5 in Ohio, there are still questions surrounding who will be named the Team Captain and alternates for the tournament. While it is widely considered all but a done deal that San Jose Sharks Captain Joe Pavelski will be named Team USA Captain, there still could be debates for a number of other Team USA members that are worthy of the leadership roles.

Most recently at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Team USA was Captained by Zach Parise of the Minnesota Wild with Parise’s teammate Ryan Suter and Los Angeles Kings Captain Dustin Brown serving as alternates. But with Brown off of the World Cup roster, and the rise of Pavelski as an elite star in United States Hockey, could Suter and Parise be looked over for the Captaincy? Not to mention, both Parise and Suter were named alternate captain’s for the 2010 Winter Olympic team in Vancouver.

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There is certainly no lack of leadership candidates for Team USA outside of Parise and Suter, though.

  • Blake Wheeler was just named Captain of the Winnipeg Jets, while his teammate Dustin Byfuglien was named an alternate captain.
  • Max Pacioretty is the newest Captain of the Montreal Canadiens, while New York Rangers Captain Ryan McDonagh will serve on Team USA’s blue-line.
  • Former St. Louis Blues Captain David Backes, as well as his former St. Louis teammate and Washington Captials alternate captain TJ Oshie are options, too.
  • Erik Johnson and Jack Johnson both have served in leadership roles with their clubs, as has Ryan Kesler, Brandon Dubinsky, and Derek Stepan.

When you really look at it, the only players on Team USA’s roster that haven’t had consistent leadership roles in the NHL are Kane and Justin Abdelkader.

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