Team Canada announced Thursday that Penguins prospect Scott Harrington will be joining the world junior team in their quest for gold.
Harrington, a 19-year-old defenseman from Ontario, was also named an alternate captain along with Jonathan Huberdeau. The team’s captain will be Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Harrington was picked in the second round of the 2011 draft 54th overall. He is currently the captain of the London Knights of the OHL. Harrington has 10 points this season for the Knights.
The World Junior Championships will be played in Ufa, Russia starting Dec. 26 with the gold medal match scheduled for Jan 5, 2013. Canada will be in Group B with Russia, Slovakia, the United States and Germany. Harrington and the team’s first matchup will be against Germany at 3:30 p.m.
Team Canada is coming off a bronze medal finish at the 2012 World Juniors, a team which Harrington was a member of along with five more current Canada team members.
Former Canadian World Junior members for the Penguins include current roster members Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang.