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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