The U.S. National Sled Hockey Team closes preliminary round action against Canada today here at the 2017 World Sled Hockey Challenge in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Puck drop is set for 6:00 p.m. local time (5:00 p.m. ET) and will be streamed in the United States on HockeyTV.com with updates also available on Twitter @usahockey with the hashtag #WSHC.
FOLLOWING FELLOW U.S. NATIONAL TEAMS
While here in Canada, members of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team continue to follow their fellow U.S. national hockey teams.
Yesterday, USA Hockey unveiled the 28-player preliminary roster for the 2018 U.S. National Junior Team. The group, which includes seven members of the gold medal-winning 2017 U.S. National Junior Team, is auditioning for a spot on the final 23-man roster that will represented the United States in the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship from Dec. 26, 2017 - Jan. 5, 2018, in Buffalo, New York.
The 2017-18 U.S. Women’s National Team also skated last night in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where it fell to Canada, 2-0, at Bell MTS Place. The game marked the sixth meeting between the two teams this season. Both teams have won three each. The U.S. Women’s National Team will finish the Time Is Now Tour with one more U.S.-Canada game on Dec. 15th in San Jose, Calif. The game will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network.
TIES TO 2018 U.S. NATL JR, MEN'S OLYMPIC ROSTER
Guy Gosselin, head coach of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team, has unique ties to both the 2018 U.S. National Junior Team and 2018 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team.
A University of Minnesota Duluth graduate, yesterday’s preliminary roster for the junior team saw five Duluth players (Joey Anderson, Mikey Anderson, Scott Perunovich, Dylan Samberg and Riley Tufte) named to the squad - the most of any team. A two-time U.S. Olympian, Gosselin also skated with Team USA’s assistant coach, Greg Brown (Scituate, Mass.) at the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Winter Games.
Gosselin also grew up in Rochester, Minnesota, with Jim Johannson (Colorado Springs, Colo.), who is USA Hockey’s assistant executive director of hockey operations and general manager for both the 2018 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team and 2018 U.S. National Junior Team. Johannson also skated with Gosselin and Brown in the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Winter Games.