COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Hockey Canada has named Scott Laughton as captain of the world junior hockey team.
Laughton, a centre with the Ontario Hockey League's Oshawa Generals, is representing Canada internationally for the third time. He's suited up twice for the under-18 team, winning gold at the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament and bronze at the 2012 U18 world championship.
"I'm an older and with my pro experience and things like that I knew I was going to be a leader on this team, whether I did get a letter or not," said Laughton. "Just a big day for me and a really big honour."
The six-foot-one, 190-pound centre is currently eighth in OHL scoring with 24 goals and 26 assists in 29 games. He was drafted 20th overall by Philadelphia in 2012.
Forward Jonathan Drouin of the QMJHL's Halifax Mooseheads and defenceman Mathew Dumba of the NHL's Minnesota Wild will serve as alternate captains.
Drouin was on last year's world junior team that failed to win a medal. He also won gold with the under-18 team at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka tournament.
The Tampa Bay Lightning prospect and third-overall pick in the 2013 draft has 17 goals and 33 assists in 23 games with the Mooseheads this season, good for sixth in the QMJHL.