May 9, 2014
Former Spartan hockey player Justin Abdelkader (2005-08) has been named captain of the United States National Team for this month's International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship, it was announced on May 9 by USA Hockey. Joining Abdelkader on the U.S. roster is fellow Spartan Jeff Petry (2007-10).
It marks the third consecutive year a former Spartan hockey player has participated in the IIHF World Championship. Petry is making his third-straight appearance, while Abdelkader is returning to the tournament for the first time since 2012 where he had a goal and three assists.
Abdelkader also represented the United States at the 2007 World Junior Championship where he took home a bronze medal.
Abdelkader, a 2005 NHL draft selection of Detroit, recently completed his fourth full season in the NHL, producing 10 goals and 18 assists in 70 games for the Red Wings.
Petry appeared in all but two games for the Edmonton Oilers this past season, contributing seven goals and 10 assists from the blue line.
NBC Sports Network will broadcast and stream all of Team USA's games at the IIHF World Championship.