USA Hockey announced Sunday the final 23-player roster for the 2019 U.S. National Junior Team that will compete in the IIHF World Junior Championship in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia, from Dec. 26, 2018 to Jan. 5, 2019.
The final roster features three goaltenders, seven defensemen and 13 forwards.
|Player's Name||Position||2018-19 Team|
|Evan Barratt||F||Penn State|
|Noah Cates||F||Minnesota Duluth|
|Sasha Chmelevski||F||Ottawa (OHL)|
|Logan Cockerill||F||Boston University|
|Joel Farabee||F||Boston University|
|Jack Hughes||F||U.S. NTDP|
|Ryan Poehling||F||St. Cloud State|
|Jason Robertson||F||Niagara (OHL)|
|Oliver Wahlstrom||F||Boston College|
|Mikey Anderson||D||Minnesota Duluth|
|Dylan Samberg||D||Minnesota Duluth|
|Mattias Samuelsson||D||Western Michigan|
|Jack St. Ivany||D||Yale|
|Kyle Keyser||G||Oshawa (OHL)|
|Spencer Knight||G||U.S. NTDP (Boston College commit)|
Of the 23 players named to the roster, 21 hold development ties to U.S. junior hockey leagues, including 11 products of USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program. Additionally, 15 have previously represented the United States in IIHF tournament play, including five returnees from last year’s bronze medal-winning U.S. National Junior Team and a total of nine players who helped the U.S. earn a gold medal as a member of the 2017 U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team.
“We’ve said from day one that this is a selection process, and as a staff we’re thrilled with the 23 players selected to represent the United States in one of the greatest tournaments on the hockey calendar,” said Team USA general manager John Vanbiesbrouck in a statement. “By no means did we come to this decision easily, and that’s a credit to the players. It’s easy to say our talent pool is deeper than it’s ever been, but so too is the character of these young players, and now it’s time for these 23 selected players to come together and represent our country with pride.”
Mike Hastings (Minnesota State) is the head coach of Team USA and is joined by assistant coaches David Lassonde (Dartmouth), Steve Miller (Ohio State), Scott Sandelin (Minnesota Duluth) and Jerry Keefe (Northeastern).
The United States will begin play on Wednesday in Victoria against Slovakia. Puck drop is set for 6:30 p.m. EST and can be seen live on the NHL Network.