Ray Whitney, the grizzled veteran on a team full of youngsters, has
been handed the captaincy of Team Canada in the wake of Ryan Smyth’s
Whitney was the logical choice after Smyth went
down with the injury, even if it’s not a role he’s normally taken during
his hockey career. Perhaps it was more out of process of elimination as
Whitney is suddenly the most experienced player on the team — by far.
“He’s still with us, we still think about him,” said Whitney. “As for
the captaincy, I think they could have went to any of the four
[alternate captains — Steven Stamkos, Corey Perry Francois Beauchemin
and Whitney]. You could have picked a lot of guys.
“Maybe it’s because I am the oldest that it fell my way.”