COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Goaltender Tim Thomas (Flint, Mich./Dallas Stars/University of Vermont) has been added to the 2014 U.S. Men's National Team that will compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship May 9-25 in Minsk, Belarus.
Thomas was a member of the silver-medal winning U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C., and has previously skated in the IIHF Men’s World Championship on six occasions (1995, 1996-bronze, 1998, 1999, 2005, 2008).
Team USA’s roster now includes 13 forwards, eight defenseman and two goaltenders. The maximum roster size is 25.
NOTES: Eighteen of 23 announced members of Team USA played U.S. college hockey ... Seven of the 23 players are products of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, including Jimmy Hayes, Seth Jones, Jake McCabe, Peter Mueller, Connor Murphy, Drew Shore and Jacob Trouba ... Eleven NHL teams are represented on the roster: Buffalo Sabres, Calgary Flames, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators, New York Islanders, Phoenix Coyotes, Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets ... The staff and players of the 2014 U.S. Men's National Team are selected by the U.S. Men's National Team Advisory Group, led by Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. Other members, all affiliated with National Hockey League teams, include Stan Bowman (Chicago), Brian Burke (Calgary), Paul Holmgren (Philadelphia), Dean Lombardi (Los Angeles), David Poile (Nashville), Ray Shero (Pittsburgh), Dale Tallon (Florida), and Don Waddell (Pittsburgh). Tom Kurvers (Tampa Bay) will be part of the advisory group for this year's championship ... USA Hockey's international council, chaired by Gavin Regan, vice president of USA Hockey, has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. national teams … Sixteen teams will compete at the 2014 IIHF Men's World Championship, split into two groups of eight. Teams will play a round-robin format among their group with the top four teams from each group advancing to quarterfinals … NBC Sports Network will televise and stream all Team USA games in the 2014 IIHF Men's World Championship.