USA Hockey tabs Minnesota Duluth’s Anderson captain, Michigan teammates Hughes, Norris alternates for World Juniors

6 Oct 17: Mikey Anderson (Minnesota Duluth - 3). The University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs host the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers in the 2017 Icebreaker Tournament at Amsoil Arena in Duluth, MN. (Jim Rosvold/
Mikey Anderson celebrates a goal during the 2017 Icebreaker Tournament at Amsoil Arena in Duluth, Minn. (photo: Jim Rosvold/

Minnesota Duluth defenseman Mikey Anderson has been named captain of the 2019 U.S. National Junior Team.

In addition, defenseman Quinn Hughes and forward Josh Norris, teammates at Michigan, were tabbed alternate captains of the squad.

“Mikey, Quinn and Josh all carry tremendous leadership traits that make them respected by both the players and the staff and we’re fortunate to have them leading the United States at this year’s World Junior Championship,” said team USA coach Mike Hastings (Minnesota State) in a statement. “This is a real close-knit group that has the chance to build on USA Hockey’s growing legacy in this tournament. We know these three individuals, as well as the team’s bigger leadership core, will help lead us to success and we’re excited to get started here in Victoria.”

Anderson follows in the footsteps of older brother, Joey, who captained the United States at the 2018 World Junior event.

Team USA will begin play in the World Junior Championship on Wednesday in Victoria, B.C., against Slovakia. Puck drop is set for 6:30 p.m. ET and can be seen live on NHL Network.