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Dehner Named to 2011 U.S. Men's National Select Team

11/03/2011, 9:45am MDT
By USA Hockey

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Jeremy Dehner (Madison, Wis./UMass Lowell) has been named to the 2011 U.S. Men's National Select Team, it was announced today by USA Hockey. The defenseman will replace Ben Eaves (Minneapolis, Minn./Boston College), who will not participate with the U.S. Men's National Select Team due to injury.

Dehner is currently in his second season with Jokerit Helsinki of the Finnish Elite League, SM-lliga. In his first season with the club, the defenseman tallied 25 points (4-21) and posted a plus-17 rating in 60 games. Prior to playing overseas, Dehner played eight games for the Norfolk Admirals (2009-10) of the American Hockey League after playing four seasons (2006-10) at UMass Lowell. Dehner also played two seasons (2004-06) for the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League.

The U.S. Men's National Select Team will compete at the Deutschland Cup from Nov. 11-13, in Munich, Germany. Team USA opens up the tournament 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 12 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders ... Thirteen members of Team USA have National Hockey League experience, while 20 played U.S. college hockey ... 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 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.

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