MOSCOW -- Alex Ovechkin has been named Russia's captain for the World Cup of Hockey.
The Russian Ice Hockey Federation announced the decision Wednesday. It also says Evgeni Malkin and Pavel Datsyuk will serve as the alternate captains.
The 30-year-old Ovechkin has been captain of the Washington Capitals for the past six seasons. He has 525 goals and 441 assists for 966 points in 839 NHL games and was captain when Russia won the world hockey championship in 2014.
Malkin, 30, has been an alternate captain for the Pittsburgh Penguins since 2008, winning the Stanley Cup twice in that time.
Datsyuk, 38, recently left the NHL's Detroit Red Wings to return home to Russia and play for St. Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League.
The World Cup begins Sept. 17 in Toronto (see full story).
Panthers: Huberdeau's extension figures announced
SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Florida Panthers have formally announced Jonathan Huberdeau's $35.4 million, six-year extension, making the forward yet another piece of the team's young core to be locked into a long-term deal this year.
So far in 2016, the Panthers have committed more than $184 million in contracts to five players who are all age 25 or younger. Aleksander Barkov signed an extension in January, and Aaron Ekblad, Vincent Trocheck, Reilly Smith and now Huberdeau all got extensions done this summer.
That total doesn't even count the deal Nick Bjugstad signed late in 2014, nor does it include the acquisition of All-Star defenseman Keith Yandle or the retaining of Jaromir Jagr this offseason.
The Panthers won the Atlantic Division last season, reaching the playoffs for the second time since 2000 (see full story).
Team USA: Pavelski named World Cup captain
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The United States has named Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks as its captain for the World Cup of Hockey.
Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks and Ryan Suter of the Minnesota Wild were named as alternate captains for the tournament, which begins Sept. 17 in Toronto. David Backes of the Boston Bruins, Ryan Kesler of the Anaheim Ducks, Ryan McDonagh of the New York Rangers and Zach Parise of the Wild will also be part of coach John Tortorella's leadership group.
Tortorella said it's great news that the U.S. has "plenty of leaders," adding that's the reason the leadership group includes seven players.
Pavelski became Sharks captain before last season, helping them reach the Stanley Cup final. He represented the U.S. at the 2010 and 2014 Olympics.
NHL: Parros added to department of player safety
NEW YORK -- Longtime enforcer George Parros has joined the NHL's department of player safety.
NHL senior vice president of player safety Stephane Quintal announced the hire Wednesday.
Parros played 474 games over nine seasons, winning the Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007. He also played for the Los Angeles Kings, Colorado Avalanche, Florida Panthers and Montreal Canadiens, finishing with 36 points and 1,092 penalty minutes.
The 36-year-old from Randolph, New Jersey, graduated from Princeton University where he majored in economics.
He joins fellow tough guy Chris Pronger in the department of player safety, which determines fines and suspensions for on-ice infractions.