Defenseman also led Olympic squads

Updated: August 31, 2004, 1:30 PM ET
Associated Press

MONTREAL -- Veteran defenseman Chris Chelios was selected as captain of the U.S. team for the World Cup tournament Monday.

Chelios, 42, was also captain of the U.S. team at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, as well as at the 1998 Games in Nagano, Japan.

The team also selected six assistant captains: forwards Bill Guerin, Brett Hull, Mike Modano, Keith Tkachuk and Doug Weight and defenseman Brian Leetch.

The United States plays its first game of the World Cup tournament Tuesday against Canada in Montreal.

Chelios is a three-time winner of the Norris Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL's best defenseman. He is an unrestricted free agent after finishing last season with the Detroit Red Wings.

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