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McCabe named captain of Team USA for upcoming World Junior Championship

ON WISCONSIN <b>2012 Buffalo Sabres second-round draft pick Jake McCabe</b>
2012 Buffalo Sabres second-round draft pick Jake McCabe

Dec. 23, 2012

MADISON, Wis. –- In what has become nearly an annual tradition, a Wisconsin men’s hockey player will serve his country as captain of the U.S. National Junior Team, USA Hockey announced early Sunday morning. Wisconsin sophomore defenseman Jake McCabe (Eau Claire, Wis.) was bestowed the leadership position for the 2013 squad that will compete at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship. The tournament takes place in Ufa, Russia from Dec. 26, 2012-Jan. 5, 2013, with coverage on NHL Network and NHL.com.

This season, McCabe boasts two power-play tallies and nine points in 16 games to rank third on the Badgers and first among UW defenseman in scoring.

McCabe joins current Badger senior defenseman John Ramage (St. Louis), who captained the 2011 team, and former Badger forward Derek Stepan (Hastings, Minn.), who captained the 2010 squad, as Badgers who have led the team in the last four years.

Coincidentally, Team USA captured the gold medal at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship in Saskatoon, Sask., with Stepan at the helm, and the bronze medal at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo, N.Y., with Ramage leading the way.

Also, current UW head coach Mike Eaves was the head coach of Team USA for the 2004 tournament, the first in history that the Americans captured gold.

Other recent Badger medalists include Ramage, Jake Gardiner and former Badger assistant coach Mark Osiecki winning gold with Stepan in 2010; Cody Goloubef taking gold in 2009 with Canada; Kyle Turris claiming gold with Canada in 2008; and Jack Skille, Jamie McBain and Blake Geoffrion winning bronze with Team USA in 2007. Former Badgers Jake Dowell, Jeff Likens and Ryan Suter won gold medals along with Coach Eaves at the 2004 tournament.

Along with McCabe for this year's event, former Badger player and assistant coach Mark Osiecki will serve as an assistant coach, while former Badger player Jim Johannson is serving as Team USA’s general manager for the fourth consecutive year.

Since the official tournament began in 1977, a Badger has competed in the tournament in all but eight of the championships.

Date Matchup Time (Local/EST) Broadcast/Streaming
Thurs., Dec. 27 USA vs. Germany 8 p.m./9 a.m. NHL Network/NHL.com
Fri., Dec. 28 USA vs. Russia 8 p.m./9 a.m. NHL Network/NHL.com
Sun., Dec. 30 USA vs. Canada 3:30 p.m./4:30 a.m. NHL Network/NHL.com
Mon., Dec. 31 USA vs. Slovakia 4 p.m./5 a.m. NHL Network/NHL.com
Wed., Jan. 2 Quarterfinal #1 5 p.m./6 a.m. NHL Network/NHL.com
Quarterfinal #2 7 p.m./8 a.m. NHL Network/NHL.com
Thurs., Jan. 3 Semifinal #1 5 p.m./6 a.m. NHL Network/NHL.com
Semifinal #2 7 p.m./8 a.m. NHL Network/NHL.com
Sat., Jan. 5 Bronze Medal Game 5 p.m./6 a.m. NHL Network/NHL.com
Gold Medal Game 7 p.m./8 a.m. NHL Network/NHL.com

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