COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey today announced the 21-man roster for its 2011 U.S. Men's Select Team that will compete at the Deutschland Cup from Nov. 11-13 in Munich, Germany.
All 21 players on the roster currently are participating in elite European leagues in the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland.
Highlighting the U.S. squad are five players who have U.S. national ice hockey team experience at multiple International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships, including Ben Eaves (Minneapolis, Minn.), who played on the 2002 U.S. National Junior Team and the 2000 U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team; Freddy Meyer (Sanbornville, N.H.), who skated with the 2006 U.S. Men's National Team, the 2001 U.S. National Junior Team and the 1999 U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team; Robbie Schremp (Fulton, N.Y.), who was a member of two (2005, 2006) U.S. National Junior Teams; Yan Stastny (St. Louis, Mo.), who skated with three (2005, 2006, 2011) U.S. Men's National Teams and Barry Tallackson (Grafton, N.D.), who played on the 2003 U.S. National Junior Team and the 2001 U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team.
Also included on the roster are five alumni of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, including forwards Tallackson (1999-2001) and Stephen Werner (Chevy Chase, Md./2000-02); defensemen Andrew Hutchinson (Evanston, Ill./1997-98) and Meyer (1997-2000); and goaltender Chris Holt (Billings, Mont./2002-03).
In addition, Team USA includes five players with previous experience playing for the U.S. Men's Select Team at the Deutschland Cup, including forwards Noah Clarke (La Verne, Calif./2009), Chris Collins (Fairport, N.Y./2009), and Stastny (2003, 2004); defenseman Kyle Klubertanz (Sun Prairie, Wis./2009); and goaltender John Curry (Shorewood, Minn./2007).
The U.S. Men's Select Team faces off against Slovakia in its first game on Nov. 11 at 10:15 a.m. EST. A full schedule is below.
NOTES: The U.S. roster includes 13 forwards, six defensemen and two goaltenders ... One more player will be added to the U.S. roster prior to the start of the tournament ... Fourteen members of Team USA have National Hockey League experience, while 20 played U.S. college hockey ... The 21 players on the U.S. roster represent 12 different states. Minnesota leads the way with four natives on the roster, while California boasts three ... The Deutschland Cup has been held every year since 1987 and will feature teams from Germany, Slovakia, Switzerland and the United States ... Team USA has participated in the Deutschland Cup on six different occasions (2002-05, 2007, 2009). The U.S. won the tournament in 2003 and 2004, garnered second-place finishes in 2007 and 2009 and finished third in 2005 ... Jim Johannson, USA Hockey's assistant executive director of hockey operations, will serve as general manager of the team. Don Waddell, long-time head coach and general manager in the National Hockey League and International Hockey league, will serve as head coach with Chris Chelios, advisor to hockey operations of the NHL's Detroit Red Wings, and Bill Guerin, player development coach of the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins, serving as assistant coaches ... The following support staff will assist the 2011 U.S. Men's Select Team: BobWebster, team leader; Scott Aldrich, equipment manager; Stan Wong, athletic trainer; Peewee Willmann, massage therapist; and Mike Shindle, team doctor ... The U.S. Men's National Team Advisory Group, comprised of Brian Burke, David Poile, Don Waddell, Ray Shero, Paul Holmgren, Dean Lombardi, and Dale Tallon, was formed in February 2007 and assists USA Hockey in the selection of staff and players for all U.S. Men's National Teams.
Team USA 2011 Deutschland Cup Schedule
November 11-13 • Munich, Germany
Date Opponent Time (Local/EST)
Fri., Nov. 11 Slovakia 4:15 p.m./10:15 a.m.
Sat., Nov. 12 Switzerland 6:15 p.m./12:15 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 13 Germany 5:15 p.m./11:15 a.m
Tag(s): Deutschland Cup