For the second straight year, Patrick Kane will captain Team USA at the 2019 IIHF World Championship.
"It's great to have Patrick back and captaining our team again in the world championship," said U.S. men’s national team head coach Jeff Blashill in a press release. "He's one of the most dynamic players in the game today and passionate about helping bring a gold medal home to our country."
Kane is coming off a career offensive season with the Blackhawks, finishing third in the league’s scoring race with 110 points and second in even-strength goals with 35.
Last year, the 30-year-old superstar led Team USA to a bronze medal when it beat Canada 4-1. He finished the tournament with eight goals and 12 assists in 10 games, becoming the second player in 30 years to record at least 20 points.
“Just to play some more hockey, play some meaningful hockey, too,” Kane said in April on the possibility of playing in the Worlds. “It was a really fun tournament for me to play with some good players and even have more of a leadership role as well with that team. It was a young team and a lot of fun playing there, too. And then you’re also representing your country, playing for the USA. So that was exciting, too. USA’s never won that tournament, so it’d be fun to be part of the first team that did.”
The tournament is scheduled to run from May 10-26 in Kosice and Bratislava, Slovakia. USA will release its preliminary roster later this week, which could include Alex DeBrincat.Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Blackhawks easily on your device.