Nate Thompson alternate captain for U.S. team at worlds
Lightning center Nate Thompson was named an alternate captain for the United States at the world championship, which begins Friday in Helsinki, Finland, and Stockholm, Sweden.
Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson, a member of the silver-medal-winning 2010 Olympic team, was named captain, and Jets center Jim Slater was named the other alternate captain.
The United States, which also includes Lightning forward J.T. Brown, opens play today against France. Canada, which has Lightning forward Teddy Purcell, begins against Slovakia, and Sweden, with Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman, faces Norway.
The NBC Sports Network will televise games with the United States and the medal games. The schedule, from USA Hockey:
|Fri., May 4||France||5:15 a.m.
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|NBC Sports Network (Live)|
|Sat., May 5||Canada||12:00 p.m.||NBC Sports Network (Delay/7:30 p.m. ET)|
|Mon., May 7||Slovakia||1:15 p.m.||NBC Sports Network (Live)|
|Thurs., May 10||Belarus||9:15 a.m.||NBC Sports Network (Live)|
|Fri., May 11||Kazakhstan||9:15 a.m.||NBC Sports Network (Live)|
|Sun., May 13||Finland||9:15 a.m.||NBC Sports Network (Live)|
|Tues., May 15||Switzerland||1:15 p.m.||NBC Sports Network (Live)|
|Thurs., May 17||Quarterfinals||TBD||NBC Sports Network (Live)|
|Sat., May 19||Semifinals||TBD||NBC Sports Network (Live)|
|Sun., May 20||Bronze-Medal Game||9:00 a.m.||NBC Sports Network (Live)|
|Gold-Medal Game||1:30 p.m.||NBC Sports Network (Delay/9 p.m. ET)|