Minnesota Duluth's Anderson tabbed captain for Team USA's World Junior squad


Forward Joey Anderson has been named captain of the 2018 U.S. National Junior Team that will compete in the upcoming IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo.

“Joey has been among the leaders of this group since this summer and we couldn’t be happier than to have him leading this locker room,” said St. Cloud State coach Bob Motzko, also coach of the 2018 U.S. National Junior Team, in a statement. “We have a strong leadership group and will announce our alternate captains in time, but in putting our mission together, every mission needs a leader and we’re excited to have Joey take that step forward.”

A member of last year’s gold medal-winning U.S. National Junior Team in Montreal and Toronto, Anderson was an alternate captain for the U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team that claimed a bronze medal at the 2016 IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship in Grand Forks, N.D.

Anderson, who is in his sophomore campaign with Minnesota Duluth, was drafted in the third round (73rd overall) by the New Jersey Devils in 2016 after skating two seasons with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program.

This season with UMD, Anderson has totaled four goals and nine points in 13 games.