Jamie Langenbrunner (Cloquet, Minn./New Jersey Devils) has been named captain of the 2010 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team, as announced today by USA Hockey. Langenbrunner, who is in his third season as captain of the National Hockey League's New Jersey Devils, will serve as a Team USA captain for the first time.
Langenbrunner will represent the United States at an Olympic Winter Games for the second time, after previously playing with the U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan.
He was also a member of Team USA at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and was a two-time member of the U.S. National Junior Team that competed at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship (1994, 1995).
Langenbrunner has amassed 585 points in 927 games played during his 15 NHL seasons with the Dallas Stars and New Jersey Devils. He has participated in the Stanley Cup Playoffs 12 times and is a two-time (1999-Dallas, 2003-New Jersey) Stanley Cup champion.
Dustin Brown (Ithaca, N.Y./Los Angeles Kings), Zach Parise (Prior Lake, Minn./New Jersey Devils), Brian Rafalski (Dearborn, Mich./Detroit Red Wings) and Ryan Suter (Madison, Wis./Nashville Predators) will serve as alternate captains for the 2010 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team.
Brown, who is in his second season as captain of the Los Angeles Kings, previously served as captain of the 2009 U.S. Men's National Team at the IIHF World Men's Championship. He was also a member of Team USA at three other IIHF World Men's Championships (2004, 2006, 2008) and two IIHF World Junior Championships (2002, 2003).
Parise, who is in his first season as an alternate captain of the New Jersey Devils, previously served as an alternate captain on the gold medal-winning 2004 U.S. National Junior Team, as well as the 2008 U.S. Men's National Team. He also competed at two other IIHF World Men's Championships (2005, 2007), the 2003 IIHF World Junior Championship and was a member of gold medal-winning 2002 U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team at the IIHF World Men's Under-18 Championship.
Rafalski, who will be competing in his third Olympic Winter Games (2002, 2006), was also a member of Team USA at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. Additionally, he played for the 1995 U.S. Men's National Team and two U.S. National Junior Teams (1992, 1993).
Suter, who will be competing in his 10th international competition at the Olympic Winter Games, served as the captain of the 2005 U.S. National Junior Team at the IIHF World Junior Championship. He has been a member of Team USA at four IIHF World Men's Championships (2005, 2006, 2007, 2009), three IIHF World Junior Championships (2003, 2004, 2005) and two IIHF World Men's Under-18 Championships (2002, 2003), winning gold with the 2004 U.S. National Junior Team and the 2002 U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team.
The XXI Olympic Winter Games will take place Feb. 16-28 in Vancouver, B.C. Team USA plays Switzerland in its first game Feb. 16.