Murphy named U.S. captain for Worlds


The most experienced member of Team USA’s entry at the upcoming World Hockey Championships will also serve as captain.

Arizona d-man Connor Murphy — who, with 38 games, has represented the U.S. internationally more than anybody on the roster — will wear the “C” this month in France and Germany.

Murphy, 24, matched a career-high 17 points in 77 games with the Coyotes this year.

Murphy was part of the U.S. squad that captured bronze at the Worlds in ’15. As part of the current leadership group, he’ll be joined by Detroit forward Dylan Larkin and New York Islanders winger Brock Nelson, both of whom will serve as alternates.

The U.S. gets its tournament underway on May 5, with a game against Germany.

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