The Ottawa Senators’ top defenceman was named the captain of Team Canada’s entry at the IIHF world championship that gets under way Friday in Helsinki.

The 25-year-old Chabot is part of a leadership group that includes Montreal’s Josh Anderson, Pierre-Luc Dubois of the Jets, Winnipeg’s Adam Lowry and New Jersey’s Damon Severson.

Ottawa coach D.J. Smith is an assistant on head coach Claude Julien’s staff and would have played a role in helping to choose the Senators’ alternate captain to wear the ‘C’ along. This is the third time in his career that Chabot has suited up for Canada the tournament.

“It is always special to be able to wear the Maple Leaf, and it is a true honour to be named captain for the world championship,” Chabot said. “Our entire team is excited to play for Canada, and we will represent the country with pride as we look to defend last year’s gold medal.”

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