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U.S. World Junior team has NCAA flavor

As announced this morning on its Facebook page, USA Hockey has named the roster for the upcoming World Junior Championship that gets underway Sunday in Buffalo.

The roster, led by head coach Keith Allain (Yale), has a college flavor as all but four of the 22 players on the roster have college connections.

“There’s a great combination of experience and talent on this roster,” said Team USA general manager Jim Johannson. “The fact that these decisions were so hard is a testament to where hockey has come in the United States.”

“I’m excited with this group of guys moving forward,” said Allain. “We’ve got good speed and talent across the board, which should help us in a tournament with so many skilled teams.”

In goal, Cornell freshman Andy Iles will compete for time with returnee Jack Campbell, a one-time Michigan recruit.

Six of the seven defensemen are currently in college with the lone exception, Nick Leddy (Minnesota) a former collegian. Leddy signed with the Chicago Blackhawks in the offseason and is playing for the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs this season.

Brian Dumoulin (Boston College), Justin Faulk (Minnesota-Duluth), Derek Forbort (North Dakota), Jon Merrill (Michigan), John Ramage (Wisconsin) and Patrick Wey (Boston College) make up the rest of the blue line.

Denver teammates Drew Shore and Jason Zucker are two of the forwards, along with Nick Bjugstad (Minnesota), Chris Brown (Michigan), Charlie Coyle (Boston University), Jerry D’Amigo (played at Rensselaer last season, now with AHL’s Toronto Marlies), Chris Kreider (Boston College), Brock Nelson (North Dakota), Kyle Palmieri (played at Notre Dame last season, now with AHL’s Syracuse Crunch), Ryan Bourque (Quebec Remparts/QMJHL), Mitch Callahan (Kelowna Rockets/WHL), Emerson Etem (Medicine Hat Tigers/WHL) and Jeremy Morin (Rockford IceHogs/AHL).

Cut from the preliminary roster were BU defenseman Adam Clendening, BC defenseman Philip Samuelsson, Northeastern defenseman Jamie Oleksiak, Vermont forward Connor Brickley, North Dakota recruit and forward Rocco Grimaldi, BU forward Matt Nieto and Saginaw Spirit (OHL) forward Brandon Saad.

Campbell, Ramage, Bourque, D’Amigo, Kreider, Morin, Palmieri and Zucker were all a part of the gold medal team a year ago.

Team USA has one more exhibition game Thursday against Norway before opening the tournament Sunday against Finland.


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  • Jordo

    Shameful that Rocco got cut!

  • North End

    Why because he couldn’t make the cut and they should carry a second tier player? Goal is to beat Canada not to coddle kids. Samuelson is playing well and in a conference where the talent level is really high and the pressure is intense to win every game, Grimaldi isn’t even in college hockey yet.

  • Tlc121716

    I’m usually not one to comment, and the decisions are made as to who is going and who isn’t. You want and need to take the Best TEAM, and I think that they have done that. After doing some statistical looking, about the only player that should deserve a spot on the team is Brandon Saad, ranked a top 10 pick in next years NHL draft, and in the top 25 in OHL scoring. He would have been a better choice in terms of scoring than Bjugstad or Nelson, but in terms of role players, those two might have been the better choice. I hope that Team USA does well, and I will be watching!

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