Todd McLellan may have the opportunity to name Connor McDavid as team captain twice in the span of just one month.
The head coach of the Edmonton Oilers, who will double as the bench boss for Team North America at the World Cup, McLellan hasn't ruled out the possibility that McDavid could sport the "C" for both squads.
"The captain of the Oilers? We’ll figure that out at training camp," McLellan told Michael Traikos of Postmedia. "The captain at the World Cup? We’ll find out this week."
McDavid, who was previously the captain of his junior team, the Erie Otters, brings a list of accolades to the international tournament, including three gold medal victories - most recently from the 2016 World Championship.
McLellan referred to McDavid as a "tremendous player and an even more tremendous person". The budding superstar had 48 points in 45 games with the Oilers last season.
"Connor’s obviously a focal point,” McLellan added. "I know what type of person he is and how he can play. If he can just bring that every day, we’ll be fine."