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2014 World Under-17 Challenge Roster Announced

By USA Hockey, 12/19/13, 1:30PM MST


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey today announced the 22-player roster for the U.S. Men's National Under-17 Team that will compete in the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge Dec. 28, 2013 - Jan. 4, 2014, in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

Team USA claimed third place in last year's tournament after back-to-back second place finishes (2011, 2012). The U.S. won the tournament in 2010 and has now placed in the top three for seven consecutive years (2006, 2008-13). No tournament was held in 2007.

The U.S. lineup features eight defensemen, including Nicholas Boka (Plymouth, Mich.), Christian Evers (Waukee, Iowa), Casey Fitzgerald (North Reading, Mass.), Noah Hanifin (Norwood, Mass.), Caleb Jones (Frisco, Texas), Joseph Masonius (Spring Lake, N.J.), Charles McAvoy (Long Beach, N.Y.) and Zach Werenski (Grosse Pointe, Mich.).

Twelve forwards will skate for Team USA in the tournament, including Jeremy Bracco (Freeport, N.Y.), Christian Fischer (Wayne, Ill.), Michael Floodstrand (Hinsdale, Ill.), Jordan Greenway (Potsdam, N.Y.), Luke Kirwan (Dewitt, N.Y.), Luke Kunin (Chesterfield, Mo.), Auston Matthews (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Jack Roslovic (Columbus, Ohio), Matthew Tkachuk (St. Louis, Mo.), Brendan Warren (Carleton, Mich.), Colin White (Hanover, Mass.) and Dennis Yan (Troy, Mich.).

Backstopping the U.S. will be goaltenders Michael Lackey (Washington, D.C.) and Luke Opilka (St. Louis, Mo.).

Don Granato will lead Team USA for the second time in this event. He previously coached the U.S. National Under-17 Team at the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Windsor, Ontario, as the U.S. earned second place. Assisting Granato behind the bench will be Nick Fohr, Josh Brown and Kevin Reiter.

All games of the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge are to be streamed live, and will also available on-demand, at

The U.S. Men's National Under-17 Team will play one pre-tournament game against Team Quebec on Saturday, Dec. 28, at Richmond Arena in Louisdale, Nova Scotia, before opening tournament play on Dec. 29 against Russia at the Civic Centre in Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia.

News and Notes

  • All 22 players on the roster come from the U.S. National Under-17 Team that is part of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program based in Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • The 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge includes two pools of five teams. Pool A consists of teams from the Czech Republic, Pacific, Quebec, Sweden and West. Pool B consists of teams from Atlantic, Germany, Ontario, Russia and the United States.
  • The U.S. enters the tournament having captured first place three times (2001-02, 2010) and second place four times (1999, 2008, 2011-12).
  • Follow @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for live scoring updates during the tournament. Scores will be designated with #WU17.
  • For additional coverage, visit the NTDP Facebook page and follow @USANTDP on Twitter.
  • The U.S. National Under-17 Team trains with The Hockey IntelliGym, a revolutionary software program that trains hockey sense. To learn more, visit

U.S. National Under-17 Team Roster

No. Name Pos Ht Wt
31 Michael Lackey G 6-2 205
33 Luke Opilka G 6-0 187
45 Nicholas Boka D 6-1 196
51 Christian Evers D 6-2 201
58 Casey Fitzgerald D 5-10 171
55 Noah Hanifin D 6-2 201
56 Caleb Jones D 5-11 184
42 Joseph Masonius D 5-11 177
41 Charles McAvoy D 5-11 189
39 Zach Werenski D 6-1 201
37 Jeremy Bracco F 5-9 154
60 Christian Fischer F 6-0 201
50 Michael Floodstrand F 5-8 160
38 Jordan Greenway F 6-4 212
44 Luke Kirwan F 6-1 232
46 Luke Kunin F 5-10 183
34 Auston Matthews F 6-0 199
48 Jack Roslovic F 6-0 173
47 Matthew Tkachuk F 5-11 184
40 Brendan Warren F 6-0 181
36 Colin White F 6-0 179
57 Dennis Yan F 6-0 185

Team USA Schedule