The United States faces the Czech Republic tonight in its second and final pre-tournament game before the 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. ET at the Rogers K-Rock Centre (capacity: 5,700) here in Kingston, Ontario. The game will be updated live on Twitter @USAHockeyScores.
The U.S. National Junior Team skated this morning in Oshawa, Ontario, ahead of tonight's final pre-tournament game. After the skate, players and staff returned to the hotel and boarded the bus for Kingston, Ontario.
DYK: YOUTH NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
More than half of the players on the 2017 U.S. National Junior Team have participated in USA Hockey’s National Championships, including Tanner
Laczynski (Shorewood, Ill./Ohio State University) who helped the Chicago Mission claim the 2013 Youth National Championship 16 and Under Tournament. In addition, Ryan Lindgren (Minneapolis, Minn./University of Minnesota), Jordan Greenway (Canton, N.Y./Boston University) and Clayton Keller (St. Louis, Mo./Boston University) led the Shattuck St. Mary’s 16U squad to a first-place finish at the 2014 USA Hockey Youth National Championship while Keller, Luke Kunin (Chesterfield, Mo./University of Wisconsin) and Joseph Woll (St. Louis, Mo./Boston College) helped the St. Louis AAA Blues to a second place finish in 2012 and a pair of third-place finishes in 2011 and 2013. Below is a full list of Team USA’s players who were youth hockey teammates growing up:
|Connecticut Oilers||Patrick Harper, Chad Krys||16U|
|Long Island Gulls||Jeremy Bracco, Adam Fox, Charlie McAvoy||10U|
|Long Island Gulls||Jeremy Bracco, Adam Fox||12U|
|Long Island Gulls||Adam Fox, Charlie McAvoy||14U|
|Shattuck St. Mary's||Ryan Lindgren, Jordan Greenway, Clayton Keller||16U|
|St. Louis AAA Blues||Clayton Keller, Luke Kunin, Joseph Woll||10U, 12U, 14U|
|St. Louis AAA Blues||Luke Kunin, Joseph Woll||16U|
JOHANNSON ON STELLICK & SIMMER IN THE MORNING
This morning, Jim Johannson, general manager of the 2017 U.S. National Junior Team and assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey, was a guest on Sirius XM/NHL Network Radio's "Stellick and Simmer in the Morning" to discuss yesterday's roster moves, the final yet-to-be-determined roster, and the outlook of Team USA for this year's World Junior Championship. An audio file for the appearance will be available shortly.