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Game Day: vs. Czech Republic; Roster Finalized

12/25/2013, 5:45pm EST
By USAHockey.com

The United States faces Czech Republic at Malmo Isstadion (capacity: 5,000) to open Group A play at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship. The Czechs finished last year’s tournament in fifth place. The U.S. is designated as the road team for the contest, yet will wear its white jerseys.

Team USA pared down its roster to 23 players, including 13 forwards, seven defensemen and three goaltenders.

U.S. National Junior Team Final Roster

Player released from training camp roster on Dec. 25: Tyler Motte

- The U.S. leads in the all-time series vs. Czech Republic, 9-1-1-7-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T). Game-by-game series history
-    The U.S. defeated the Czechs, 7-0, in the quarterfinal round of last year’s tournament.
- Since 2006, Team USA has won four of five meetings, including two quarterfinal confrontations.

Game time today is 5:30 p.m. (11:30 a.m. ET) with live coverage in the U.S. on NHL Network (DirectTV 215, Dish 477) and NHL.com.

2014 Team USA Results

Date   Opponent   Time/Result
Thurs., Dec. 26 Czech Republic W, 5-1
Sat., Dec. 28 Slovakia W, 6-3
Sun., Dec. 29 Germany W, 8-0
Tues., Dec. 31 Canada L, 3-2
Thurs., Jan. 2 QF Russia L, 5-3

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