COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey today unveiled its 26-player preliminary roster for the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team that will participate in the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship Dec. 26, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014, in Malmo, Sweden.
The 26 players will participate in a training camp Dec. 15-18 at the University of Minnesota's Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis, with preparations continuing in Angelholm, Sweden, before the final 23-man roster is announced on Dec. 23. The U.S. will play three games before the start of the IIHF World Junior Championship, including Dec. 17 against Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minn., and contests in Angelholm vs. Finland on Dec. 20 and Sweden on Dec. 22.
"We're excited about the group of players we've invited to camp," said Jim Johannson, general manager of the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team and assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. "There will be some tough decisions in getting to the final roster, but that's certainly a good problem to have."
The preliminary roster includes three players that helped the U.S. capture the gold medal at the IIHF World Junior Championship a year ago in forwards Riley Barber (Pittsburgh, Pa./Miami Univ.) and Ryan Hartman (West Dundee, Ill.) and goaltender Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine/Providence College).
NOTES: Practices at Mariucci Arena will be open to the public ... Team USA has medaled in three of the last four IIHF World Junior Championships, winning gold in 2010 and 2013, plus bronze in 2011 ... Don Lucia (Plymouth, Minn.), head coach of the University of Minnesota men's ice hockey team, is the head coach of the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team. Bob Motzko (St. Cloud, Minn.), head coach of the St. Cloud State University men's ice hockey team, Greg Brown (Scituate, Mass.), associate head coach of the Boston College men's ice hockey team, and David Lassonde (Denver, Colo.), assistant coach of the University of Denver men's ice hockey team, are the assistant coaches. Dan Muse (Clinton, Conn.), assistant coach of Yale University's men's ice hockey team, is serving as the team's video coordinator... Jim Johannson (Colorado Springs, Colo.), USA Hockey's assistant executive director of hockey operations, is serving as the general manager of Team USA for the fifth consecutive year ... Don Waddell (Detroit, Mich.), an international consultant to USA Hockey, is assisting with player identification for Team USA ... The U.S. will compete in a group with Canada, Czech Republic, Germany and Slovakia at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship. For more information about the tournament, click here ... In August, 44 players attended the 2013 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y. Complete details from that camp can be found here.
|Sun., Dec. 15||Practice||Mariucci Arena||Minneapolis, Minn.||6:30-8 p.m. CT|
|Mon., Dec. 16||Practice||Mariucci Arena||Minneapolis, Minn.||10-11:30 a.m. CT|
|Practice||Mariucci Arena||Minneapolis, Minn.||5-6 p.m. CT|
|Tues., Dec. 17||Practice||Mariucci Arena||Minneapolis, Minn.||10-11:30 a.m. CT|
|at Minnesota State University||Verizon Wireless Arena||Mankato, Minn.||7:37 p.m. CT|
|Wed., Dec. 18||Practice||Mariucci Arena||Minneapolis, Minn.||9:30-10:30 a.m. CT|
|Fri., Dec. 20||vs. Sweden||Lindab Arena||Angelholm, Sweden||1:30 p.m. ET|
|Sun., Dec. 22||vs. Finland||Lindab Arena||Angelholm, Sweden||7:30 a.m. ET|