Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader was named captain of Team USA for this year's World Championship, which begins today in Minsk, Belarus.

Abdelkader, a Muskegon native, previously skated for the U.S. Men’s National Team at the 2012 World Championship in Helsinki, Finland, and Stockholm, Sweden. He had a goal and three assists in that tournament. Abdelkader also played for the 2007 U.S. National Junior team that earned the bronze medal in Leksand and Mora, Sweden.