Preliminary WJC Roster Revealed
Fasching, Skjei remain in running for World Junior Championship roster spots.
USA Hockey today unveiled its 26-player preliminary roster for the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team that will participate in the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship Dec. 26, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014, in Malmo, Sweden.
In addition to Gopher coach, and Team USA head coach, Don Lucia, Minnesota is represented by a pair of Gopher players, Hudson Fasching (Burnsville) and Brady Skjei (Lakeville), and St. Cloud State coach Bob Motzko who will serve as one of Lucia’s assistants. Three players remain to be cut from a roster which has been pared from the original 44 players who attended the 2013 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y. in August.
The 26 players, including 19 NCAA representatives, will participate in a training camp Dec. 15-18 at the University of Minnesota’s Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis, with preparations continuing in Angelholm, Sweden, before the final 23-man roster is announced on Dec. 23. The Mariucci Arena practices will be open to the public.
The U.S. will play three games before the start of the IIHF World Junior Championship highlighted by a Dec. 17 matchup in Mankato against Minnesota State. Contests in Angelholm vs. Finland on Dec. 20 and Sweden on Dec. 22 will follow.
“We’re excited about the group of players we’ve invited to camp,” said Jim Johannson, general manager of the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team and assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. “There will be some tough decisions in getting to the final roster, but that’s certainly a good problem to have.”
2014 Training Camp Roster
2013-14 Team (League)
|Riley Barber||F||5-11||185||2/7/94||Right||Pittsburgh, Pa.||Miami University (NCHC)|
|Will Butcher||D||5-11||175||1/6/95||Left||Sun Prairie, Wis.||University of Denver (NCHC)|
|Connor Carrick||D||5-11||190||4/13/94||Right||Orland Park, Ill.||Hershey Bears (AHL)|
|J.T. Compher||F||6-0||170||4/8/95||Right||Northbrook, Ill.||University of Michigan (Big Ten)|
|Andrew Copp||F||6-1||205||7/8/94||Left||Ann Arbor, Mich.||University of Michigan (Big Ten)|
|Tony DeAngelo||D||5-11||175||10/24/95||Right||Philadelphia, Pa.||Sarnia Sting (OHL)|
|Thatcher Demko||G||6-3||190||12/8/95||Left||San Diego, Calif.||Boston College (HEA)|
|Tommy DiPauli||F||5-11||185||4/29/94||Left||Woodbridge, Ill.||University of Notre Dame (HEA)|
|Jack Eichel||F||6-1||191||10/28/96||Right||North Chelmsford, Mass.||U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)|
|Adam Erne||F||6-0||210||4/20/95||Left||North Branford, Conn.||Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)|
|Hudson Fasching||F||6-2||200||7/28/95||Right||Burnsville, Minn.||University of Minnesota (Big Ten)|
|Ryan Fitzgerald||F||5-9||166||10/19/94||Left||North Reading, Mass.||Boston College (HEA)|
|Jon Gillies||G||6-5||215||1/22/94||Left||South Portland, Maine||Providence College (HEA)|
|Matt Grzelyck||D||5-9||175||1/5/94||Left||Charlestown, Mass.||Boston University (HEA)|
|Ryan Hartman||F||5-11||190||9/20/94||Right||West Dundee, Ill.||Plymouth Whalers (OHL)|
|Nic Kerdiles||F||6-2||196||1/11/94||Left||Irvine, Calif.||University of Wisconsin (Big Ten)|
|Stefan Matteau||F||6-1||215||2/23/94||Left||Chicago, Ill.||Albany Devils (AHL)|
|Ian McCoshen||D||6-2||207||8/5/95||Left||Hudson, Wis.||Boston College (HEA)|
|Tyler Motte||F||5-10||180||3/10/95||Left||St. Clair, Mich.||University of Michigan (Big Ten)|
|Dan O’Regan||F||5-10||176||1/30/94||Right||Needham, Mass.||Boston University (HEA)|
|Brett Pesce||D||6-3||180||11/15/94||Right||Tarrytown, N.Y.||University of New Hampshire (HEA)|
|Henrik Samuelsson||F||6-3||208||2/7/94||Right||Scottsdale, Ariz.||Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)|
|Steve Santini||D||6-2||207||3/7/95||Right||Mahopac, N.Y.||Boston College (HEA)|
|Quentin Shore||F||6-1||185||5/25/94||Right||Denver, Colo.||University of Denver (NCHC)|
|Brady Skjei||D||6-2||197||3/26/94||Left||Lakeville, Minn.||University of Minnesota (Big Ten)|
|Anthony Stolarz||G||6-6||220||1/20/94||Left||Edison, N.J.||London Knights (OHL)|