Ovechkin to captain Russia at World Cup

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Team Russia has named its leadership group for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey and, to nobody’s surprise, Alex Ovechkin is spearheading the committee.

Ovechkin will captain the team for the tournament, the Russian Ice Hockey Federation announced on Wednesday. Evgeni Malkin and Pavel Datsyuk will round out the group by serving as alternates.

The decision to slap the “C” on Ovi was a no-brainer. He’s captained Washington for the last six seasons, and served in the same role when Russia won the World Hockey Championships in 2014.