MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – USA Hockey announced today that its U.S. National Junior Team roster has been trimmed to 26 players, three shy of the final number that will participate at the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship Dec. 26, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014, in Malmo, Sweden.
The updated roster features three returnees from the 2013 U.S. National Junior Team that won the gold medal, including forwards Riley Barber (Pittsburgh, Pa./Miami Univ.) and Ryan Hartman (West Dundee, Ill.) and goaltender Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine/Providence College).
For the current roster, which includes 15 forwards, eight defensemen and three goalies, click below.
"We have been very pleased with the competition at training camp and the decision to release players at this time is difficult, yet a necessary part of the process," said Jim Johannson, general manager of the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team and also the assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. "We certainly appreciate the hard work put forth by everyone in attendance. Unfortunately, JT Compher is leaving the team due to an injury suffered during practice."
Team USA travels to Sweden today to continue its preparation for the IIHF World Junior Championship. The U.S. has pre-tournament games vs. Sweden on Dec. 20 and Finland on Dec. 22 before it announces its final roster on Dec. 23. Both contests will be held in Angelholm, Sweden.
NOTES: The U.S. has medaled in three of the last four IIHF World Junior Championships, including gold in 2013 and 2010 and bronze in 2011 ... For coverage of Team USA's training camp in Minneapolis Dec. 15-18 at the University of Minnesota's Mariucci Arena, click here ... 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.