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by George Malik on 04/29/14 at 03:56 PM ET
MLive'sAnsar Khan reported that Jakub Kindl (Czech Republic), Tomas Tatar (Slovakia), Gustav Nyquist (Sweden) and Justin Abdelkader (USA) will take part in the World Championships, but Khan stated that Danny DeKeyser was iffy on participation. USA Hockey issued a press release stating that DeKeyser's made up his mind:
Forward Justin Abdelkader (Muskegon, Mich./Detroit Red Wings/Michigan State Univ.) and defenseman Danny DeKeyser (Clay Township, Mich./Detroit Red Wings/Western Michigan Univ.) have been added to the 2014 U.S. Men's National Team that will compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship May 9-25 in Minsk, Belarus.
Previously, Abdelkader skated for the U.S. Men's National Team at the 2012 IIHF Men's World Championship in Helsinki, Finland, and Stockholm, Sweden. He had a goal and three assists in eight games. Also, he earned a bronze medal with Team USA at the 2007 IIHF World Junior Championship in Leksand and Mora, Sweden, where he had two assists in seven games.
DeKeyser will be making his U.S. National Team debut, though he attended the 2013 U.S. Men's National Team Orientation Camp that assisted the preparation for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
Team USA's roster now has 13 forwards, eight defensemen and one goaltender. The maximum roster size is 25.
Update: Via RedWingsFeed, Nyquist told Expressen's Pontus Weinemo that he won't play in the Worlds' tune-up, the Oddset Hockey Games, but he does expect playing in the World Championship to be "damn fun."
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