Oilers give Nugent-Hopkins' captaincy their blessing

Head coach Steve Spott (L) talks to team captain Ryan Nugent-Hopkins during the team photo after...

Head coach Steve Spott (L) talks to team captain Ryan Nugent-Hopkins during the team photo after the Canadian National Junior team was named at the Team Canada selection camp in Calgary, Alberta, December 14, 2012. Canada's National Junior team will head to Russia for the World Junior Hockey Championships starting December 26, 2012. (REUTERS/Todd Korol)

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:14 PM ET

CALGARY - Phillip Danault skated onto the ice for Friday's team photo with a 'C' taped to his chest.

Good try, kid.

The 'C' on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins' No. 9 uniform is actually stitched on — and it'll be there for the entire world junior tournament, unless the NHL lockout ends and the 19-year-old, future superstar is required at Rexall Place.


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