USA Hockey announced Saturday the final 23-player roster for the 2018 U.S. National Junior Team that will compete in the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo from Dec. 26, 2017 to Jan. 5, 2018.
Of the 23 players named, 19 currently play NCAA hockey.
|Jake Oettinger||G||Boston University|
|Joseph Woll||G||Boston College|
|Mikey Anderson||D||Minnesota Duluth|
|Andrew Peeke||D||Notre Dame|
|Scott Perunovich||D||Minnesota Duluth|
|Dylan Samberg||D||Minnesota Duluth|
|Joey Anderson||F||Minnesota Duluth|
|Kieffer Bellows||F||Portland (WHL)|
|Logan Brown||F||Windsor (OHL)|
|Patrick Harper||F||Boston University|
|Max Jones||F||London (OHL)|
|Ryan Poehling||F||St. Cloud State|
|Brady Tkachuk||F||Boston University|
|Riley Tufte||F||Minnesota Duluth|
|Kailer Yamamoto||F||Spokane (WHL)|
“We’re excited about these 23 players that will represent the United States on home ice in Buffalo,” said Jim Johannson, general manager of the 2018 U.S. National Junior Team and also the assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey, in a statement. “With depth at every position, the decisions we made today were very difficult and that is a credit to development of talent throughout the country. Our players and staff are excited to be in Buffalo and for the tournament to get underway.”
In addition, forward Kieffer Bellows (WHL’s Portland Winterhawks, spent ’16-17 at Boston University) and defensemen Adam Fox (Harvard) and Ryan Lindgren (Minnesota) have been tabbed alternate captains of the squad. Forward Joey Anderson (Minnesota Duluth) was named captain on Dec. 18.
“We’re excited about our veteran leadership group here in Buffalo,” said Bob Motzko, head coach of the 2018 U.S. National Junior Team, in a news release. “Joey, Kieffer, Ryan and Adam have the respect of everybody in the room and we have complete confidence that they can lead this group of players to a gold medal here on home ice.”
Team USA will begin play next Tuesday, Dec. 26, against Denmark at 8 p.m. EST and can be seen live on the NHL Network.