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2009 U.S. Men's Select Team Roster Announced

10/20/2009, 9:30am MDT
By USA Hockey

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey today announced the 22-man roster for its 2009 U.S. Men's Select Team that will compete at the Deutschland Cup Nov. 6-8 in Munich, Germany.

The roster includes 20 players currently participating in elite European leagues in Finland, Germany, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland.

Bates Battaglia, a Team USA veteran, returns for the Deutschland Cup.
Highlighting the U.S. squad are five players who have U.S. national ice hockey team experience at various International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships, including forwards Bates Battaglia (Chicago, Ill.), who was a member of two (1998, 2004) U.S. Men's National Teams and the 1995 U.S. National Junior Team, and Jeff Hamilton (Englewood, Ohio), who played on the 2004 U.S. Men's National Team; defensemen J.D. Forrest (Auburn, N.Y.), who was a member of the 1999 U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team and the 2001 U.S. National Junior Team, and Kyle Klubertanz (Sun Prairie, Wis.), who was a member of the 2003 U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team; and goaltender Jean-Marc Pelletier (Atlanta, Ga.), who skated with the 1998 U.S. National Junior Team.

Also included on the roster are three alumni of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, including forward Brett Engelhardt (Sheboygan, Wis./1997-98); and defensemen Forrest (1997-2000) and Jon Insana (Mount Clemens, Mich./1997-98).

In addition, Team USA includes three players with previous U.S. Men's Select Team experience, including Charlie Cook (Port Huron, Mich./2007), Andy Hedlund (Osseo, Minn./2005, 2007) and Lee Sweatt (Elburn, Ill./2007).

Sharing the goaltending duties for the U.S. will be David Leggio (Buffalo, N.Y.) and Pelletier.

The U.S. Men's Select Team faces off against host Germany in its first game Nov. 6 at 1:15 p.m. EST.

For Team USA's full roster, click the link below.

NOTES: The U.S. roster includes 12 forwards, eight defensemen and two goaltenders. Eight members have National Hockey League experience and all 22 played U.S. college hockey. Sweatt was also a member of Team USA at eight (2002-09) IIHF InLine Hockey World Championships ... The Deutschland Cup has been held every year since 1990 and will feature Germany, Slovakia, Switzerland and the United States ... The U.S. won the tournament in 2003 and 2004, garnered a second-place finish in 2007 and finished third in 2005 ... Peter Laviolette, who served as Team USA's head coach at the 2003 Deutschland Cup, is the head coach of the 2009 U.S. Men's Select Team, with Paul Fenton, assistant general manager of the National Hockey League's Nashville Predators, and Greg Poss, long-time professional head coach in Europe, serving as assistant coaches.

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08/25/2015, 3:30pm MDT
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No one has ever said that officiating, and especially officiating ice hockey, was easy. Rule knowledge, communication skills, fitness, skating and a natural presence are just some of the skills necessary to be a successful official.  Some possess more of these skills and those are the officials who advance to higher levels. But regardless of the level achieved or the skill set the official possesses, the one quality that should be equal among every official is a high level of integrity.

The national official staff members, along with our volunteer referees-in-chief and local supervisors, have heard growing concerns over a decreasing level of integrity among our youth hockey officials. It’s sometimes said that no one is holding them accountable. A portion of this perception is likely a typical “blame the officials” mentality, but some anecdotal evidence suggests there is also some merit to this concern. That’s alarming to USA Hockey, as it affects the credibility of our entire program, along with every member it represents. The blunt truth is this: even one official who isn’t on the up and up can and will damage the credibility of all officials who do take pride in the integrity of their work.

Whether we like it or not, officials are under a microscope, and by the nature of the business, are held to a very high standard. When we signed up for this officiating gig, we committed ourselves to represent the game of hockey, USA Hockey, our local group of officials and ourselves as people of integrity who accept the responsibility and guardianship of enforcing the rules in a fair and consistent manner. Most importantly, we must remember that the game is bigger than all of us and that the game itself is what we serve. Those who lose sight of that not only compromise the competitive fairness of the games, they also make life more difficult for all of the officials by damaging the credibility of the officiating community.

An example of this type of unacceptable behavior occurred last season. A Level 2 adult official tended to work his games with a chip on his shoulder. He often created confrontation with coaches, alienated his younger partners with inaccurate advice and disregarded their help in attempting to get some calls and rule applications right. Even though the help they were providing was correct, he chose to maintain his incorrect position that affected the outcome of several games. He also tended to identify certain players and single them out for various infractions and/or on-ice lectures as a means of emphasizing his authority.

Once the trends were identified, concerns were voiced by several parents and coaches to the local assigner and supervisor, who acknowledged they had never seen the official’s work, but would keep throwing him out there working the same teams and levels that had expressed concerns regarding his attitude. This included intentionally assigning him a playoff game involving the coach who was the most vocal in expressing concerns. This official was then instructed to “throw the coach out if he says anything.”

That playoff game went without a hitch – a tight 2-1 game with a couple of close off-side plays and maybe an icing or two missed. In the post-game dressing room, the official in question, in the presence of his partners and the officials scheduled to work the next game, said, “It’s always a great day when you can make one or both of the coaches mad. It’s too bad the white team coach didn’t want to play along today.” The partners sat there in silence until finally a 12-year-old Level 1 official who was working the next game said, “I don’t think that’s right. We’re not supposed to bait coaches.”

The official got dressed quickly and left the room without saying another word. Kind of ironic that it was the innocent 12-year-old that seemed to “get it” and instill a sense of accountability among those in the room. Imagine how any 12-year-old player feels on the ice when they see the official(s) displaying an attitude that is simply not to the standard the game deserves. And yes, more often than not, they can see through those who do not have the level of integrity expected.

Fortunately, these types of officials are few and far between. But they do exist and to simply stick our heads in the sand and not address the concern is irresponsible. Each of us, as officials, has an obligation to behave in a professional manner at all times and take our role seriously. We have made a commitment to approach each game with the understanding that the game is about the players and we should be invisible until the players require us to appear as a result of infractions that occur. Respect is a two-way street and simply putting on the sweater with the USA Hockey crest suggests respect is warranted, but only if supported by your actions.

USA Hockey has an obligation to create a non-threatening environment that promotes respect for officials and an opportunity for officials to improve through education and evaluation. USA Hockey does this through playing rules, points of emphasis, zero tolerance policies and comprehensive education programs for officials, coaches, parents and players.

In return, the game expects USA Hockey officiating members to bring a professional image to every contest and an attitude that creates a positive environment and makes the game better. We realize everyone makes mistakes – it’s part of the game. However, laziness or unprofessional behavior is unacceptable and being creative in rule enforcement and not holding players/coaches accountable for infractions will only make the next team of officials’ jobs much more difficult and set them up for failure.

The reality is that the game official must always hold themselves to the highest level of integrity and behavior both on and off the ice. Maybe that’s fair, or maybe not, but it is the expectation we are required to meet.

As we head into the 2015-16 season, ask yourself if you are willing to meet that expectation. If the answer is yes, welcome back and we look forward to a great season.

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