COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey today announced the 14-player U.S. National Inline Team roster for the upcoming 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation Inline Hockey World Championship to be held June 1-7, in Pardubice, Czech Republic.
The U.S. won the gold medal at last year’s world championship and has played in the gold-medal game in four of the past five tournaments.
“We’ve compiled an extremely talented and deep group of players for this year’s world championship,” said Dan Brennan, general manager of the U.S. National Inline Team. “We’re very excited to try and defend our gold medal next month in the Czech Republic against the best inline teams in the world.”
The roster is highlighted by eight players that were members of the gold medal-winning 2013 U.S. National Inline Team, including goaltender Jerry Kuhn (Southgate, Mich.); defensemen Cody Kettler (St. Louis, Mo.), Raf Rodriguez (Oceanside, Calif.) and Greg Thompson (Bayport, N.Y.); and forwards Junior Cadiz (Los Angeles, Calif.), Travis Noe (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Kyle Novak (O'Fallon, Mo.) and Matt White (Whittier, Calif.).
Notes: Join the conversation on social media by using #USInline ... Follow @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for in-game updates ... Former U.S. National Inline Team member Joe Cook (Mission Viejo, Calif.) will serve as head coach of the U.S. National Inline Team for the fifth time … In the 17-year history of the IIHF Inline Hockey World Championship, the United States has captured six gold medals (1996, 1997, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2013), four silver medals (1998, 2001, 2009, 2011) and three bronze medals (2000, 2003, 2005). There was no tournament held in 1999.