Penguins star also led '02 gold medalists

Updated: August 27, 2004, 10:52 AM ET
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OTTAWA -- Wayne Gretzky has again bestowed the honor of captain on Mario Lemieux.

Team Canada named Lemieux as its captain for the World Cup of Hockey, which begins Aug. 30.

The Pittsburgh Penguins' superstar center also served as captain for Canada's 2002 gold medal winning Olympic team in Salt Lake City.

"Mario is a great leader, and we are very happy to again name him as the captain of Team Canada," said Gretzky, Canada's executive director.

Four other members of the '02 Olympic team were named as alternate captains: Joe Sakic and Adam Foote of the Colorado Avalanche, Jarome Iginla of the Calgary Flames and Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Scott Niedermayer of the New Jersey Devils.

"We are fortunate to have an abundance of leaders on our team," Team Canada coach Pat Quinn said. "We are confident that these players will bring our team the necessary leadership on the ice and in our dressing room as we prepare for the World Cup."

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