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Brock Faber named captain of United States National Junior Team

The American team leadership will have a Big Ten flair, with former Michigan standout Thomas Bordeleau and Notre Dame star Landon Slaggert named alternate captains.

Team USA's Brock Faber (14) warms up before the men's ice hockey preliminary round
Team USA's Brock Faber (14) warms up before the men's ice hockey preliminary round against Canada at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games. Faber, a Minnesota Gophers defenseman, was acquired by the Minnesota Wild in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings.
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EDMONTON, Alberta — In June, Gophers junior defenseman Brock Faber was named one of three captains for Minnesota's upcoming season. By the time the team takes the ice versus Lindenwood on Oct. 1, he will have had plenty of practice in a team leadership role.

On Friday, USA Hockey announced that Faber will serve as captain for the American entry in the 2022 World Junior Hockey Championship. Team USA begins play on Tuesday, Aug. 9, in Alberta, taking on Germany.

The American team leadership will have a Big Ten flair, with former Michigan standout Thomas Bordeleau and Notre Dame star Landon Slaggert named alternate captains. Wearing the red, white and blue is not a new thing for Faber, who played for Team USA in the 2022 Winter Olympics in China. He also won a Big Ten title with the Gophers last season and was named the conference’s defensive player of the year.

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Team USA coach Nate Leaman said if the Americans are to win a medal, he will need leadership from more than just Faber, Bordeleau and Slaggert.

“You don’t make it through this tournament if everyone doesn’t lead,” said Leaman, in a statement released by USA Hockey. “At some point, every guy will be called upon to lead in their way, especially if we want to win gold.”

Faber already has a World Juniors gold medal, after playing defense in the 2021 tournament where the Americans blanked Canada in the finale.

Jess Myers covers college hockey, as well as outdoors, general sports and travel, for The Rink Live and the Forum Communications family of publications. He came to FCC in 2018 after three decades of covering sports as a freelancer for a variety of publications, while working full time in politics and media relations. A native of Warroad, Minn. (the real Hockeytown USA), Myers has a degree in journalism/communications from the University of Minnesota Duluth. He lives in the Twin Cities. Contact Jess via email at jrmyers@forumcomm.com, or find him on Twitter via @JessRMyers. English speaker.
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