WINNIPEG, Manitoba — The Winnipeg Jets named forward Blake Wheeler as their captain Wednesday.

Wheeler fills the void left when former captain Andrew Ladd who was dealt to Chicago in February.

The 6-foot-5 Wheeler has been with the Jets since the team relocated from Atlanta before the 2011-12 season. The former University of Minnesota player had his best offensive year last season, scoring 26 goals and adding 52 assists in 78 games.

He will represent the United States in the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto.