Eighteen Collegians Make USA World Junior Roster

USA Hockey has announced its roster for the 2006 IIHF World Junior Championship, a lineup that includes 18 current and former collegiate players. The WCHA will be by far the most represented league at the tournament placing 10 players on the 22-man roster.

Highly-touted Minnesota rookie Phil Kessel will make his second appearance and will be joined by four other national team alums for U.S. colleges: Boston College goaltender Cory Schneider, North Dakota defenseman Brian Lee, Michigan forward Kevin Porter and former Boston University forward Chris Bourque.

North Dakota, Minnesota and Michigan each will place three players on the team. Denver and Boston College will have two representatives, while Wisconsin, Miami, Ohio State and Minnesota-Duluth each have one.

Northern Michigan head coach Walt Kyle will lead the U.S. National team into competition, which begins December 26 and run through January 5. This year’s tournament will be played in British Columbia, utilizing venues in Vancouver, Kamloops and Kelowna. The medal round of the tournament will be played at Vancouver’s GM Place.

The following is the complete Team USA roster:

Pos. Player Team
G Cory Schneider Boston College
G Jeff Frazee Minnesota
D Taylor Chorney North Dakota
D Jack Johnson Michigan
D Chris Butler Denver
D Erik Johnson U.S. National Under-18 Team
D Matt Niskanen Minnesota-Duluth
D Brian Lee North Dakota
D Mark Mitera Michigan
F T.J. Oshie North Dakota
F Tom Fritsche Ohio State
F Bobby Ryan Owen Sound (OHL)
F Nate Davis Miami
F Kevin Porter Michigan
F Geoff Paukovich Denver
F Blake Wheeler Minnesota
F Robbie Schremp London (OHL)
F Nate Gerbe Boston College
F Jack Skille Wisconsin
F Peter Mueller Everett (WHL)
F Phil Kessel Minnesota
F Chris Bourque Hershey (AHL)