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Eric Staal captains Canada’s World Championships team

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Carolina Hurricanes’ Eric Staal (12) celebrates a second-period goal against the Winnipeg Jets during an NHL hockey game, Sunday, March 18, 2012, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Trevor Hagan)


Despite his brother Jordan being added to the mix and Alexander Semin’s productive first season with the team, Carolina Hurricanes star Eric Staal finds himself outside of the NHL playoffs again. There’s a sliver lining, though: he’ll still captain a high-level team in May.

Staal was named the captain of Canada’s entry into the 2013 Men’s World Ice Hockey Championships on Thursday, according to the CBC’s Tim Wharnsby.

In case you’re wondering, here’s Team Canada’s roster for the tournament (which takes place May 3-19 in Stockholm, Sweden and Helsinki, Finland):

Goalies: Michael Garnett, Devan Dubnyk and Mike Smith
Defense: Stephane Robidas, Brendan Dillon, T.J. Brodie, Justin Schultz, Luke Schenn, Jay Harrison and Brian Campbell
Forwards: Taylor Hall, Matt Duchene, Jordan Staal, Eric Staal, Jordan Eberle, Andrew Ladd, Wayne Simmonds, Matt Read, Claude Giroux, Jeff Skinner, Ryan O’Reilly and Steven Stamkos