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Team USA Begins To Take Shape For IIHF World Championship

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today an initial roster of 15 players that will represent the U.S. Men’s National Team at the 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship May 5-21 in Cologne, Germany, and Paris, France.

The roster is highlighted by five players who helped guide Team USA to a bronze medal at the 2015 IIHF Men’s World Championship in Ostrava and Prague, Czech Republic, including Connor Hellebuyck (Winnipeg Jets), Dylan Larkin (Detroit Red Wings), Anders Lee (New York Islanders), Connor Murphy (Arizona Coyotes) and Brock Nelson (New York Islanders).

J.T. Compher (Colorado Avalanche) and Murphy return to the U.S. Men's National Team after helping last year's squad -- the youngest in the tournament -- finish fourth in the world championship in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia.

Among the 15 players named to the 2017 U.S. Men's National Team, 13 have skated for a U.S. National Team and have combined to win 22 medals in IIHF World Championship play.

Team USA's roster currently consists of three goaltenders, four defensemen and eight forwards.

Name, Position Most Recent Team Hometown
Nick Bjugstad, F Florida Panthers Minneapolis, Minn.
Daniel Brickley, D Minnesota State University Sandy, Utah
J.T. Compher, F Colorado Avalanche Northbrook, Ill.
Andrew Copp, F Winnipeg Jets Ann Arbor, Mich.
Danny DeKeyser, D Detroit Red Wings Detroit, Mich.
Christian Dvorak, F Arizona Coyotes Palos, Ill.
Jordan Greenway, F Boston University Canton, N.Y.
Connor Hellebuyck, G Winnipeg Jets Commerce, Mich.
Jimmy Howard, G Detroit Red Wings Syracuse, N.Y.
Dylan Larkin, F Detroit Red Wings Waterford, Mich.
Anders Lee, F New York Islanders Edina, Minn.
Connor Murphy, D Arizona Coyotes Dublin, Ohio
Brock Nelson, F New York Islanders Warroad, Minn.
Cal Petersen, G University of Notre Dame Waterloo, Iowa
Jacob Trouba, D Winnipeg Jets Rochester, Mich.

NOTES: Jeff Blashill (Detroit Red Wings) is serving as the head coach of the 2017 U.S. Men’s National Team alongside assistant coaches Jack Capuano (Cranston, R.I.), Rand Pecknold(Bedford, N.H.) and Seth Appert (Cottage Grove, Minn.) … The staff and players of the 2017 U.S. Men's National Team are selected by the U.S. Men's National Team Advisory Group, led by Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. Other members include Stan Bowman (Chicago Blackhawks), Dean Lombardi (USA Hockey), David Poile (Nashville Predators), Ray Shero (New Jersey Devils), Dale Tallon (Florida Panthers) and Don Waddell (Carolina Hurricanes). In addition, Chris Drury (New York Rangers) and Bill Guerin(Pittsburgh Penguins) are serving as part of the management group for the 2017 U.S. Men's National Team ... For complete coverage of the U.S. Men’s National Team throughout the tournament, visit teamusa.usahockey.com … The official online home of the 2017 IIHF Men’s World Championship is IIHFWorlds2017.com … Both Bill Guerin and Chris Drury are members of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame ... The U.S. has finished in the top four of the world championship in three of the last four years, a stretch that has only been equaled once in American history (1931-34) ... USA Hockey's international council, chaired by Gavin Regan (Potsdam, N.Y.), has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. national teams.

Team USA Schedule
2017 IIHF Men's World Championship
Date Opponent Round


May 2 Italy Pre-Tournament Milan, Italy 8:00 p.m./2:00 p.m.
May 5 Germany Preliminary Cologne, Germany 8:15 p.m./2:15 p.m.
May 7 Denmark Preliminary Cologne, Germany 4:15 p.m./10:15 a.m.
May 8 Sweden Preliminary Cologne, Germany 8:15 p.m./2:15 p.m.
May 10 Italy Preliminary Cologne, Germany 4:15 p.m./10:15 a.m.
May 13 Latvia Preliminary Cologne, Germany 12:15 pm./6:15 a.m.
May 14 Slovakia Preliminary Cologne, Germany 4:15 p.m./10:15 a.m.
May 16 Russia Preliminary Cologne, Germany 4:15 p.m./10:15 a.m.
May 18 TBD Quarterfinals TBD TBD
May 20 TBD Semifinals Cologne, Germany 3:15 p.m./9:15 a.m.
7:15 p.m./1:15 p.m.
May 21 TBD Bronze/Gold-Medal Games Cologne, Germany 4:15 p.m./10:15 a.m.
8:45 p.m./2:45 p.m.

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Primis's avatar

That’s a pretty weak defensive corps so far.  The forwards are young, but they’ll go nowhere unless they can name some better defensemen.  They might not even make the quarters.

Posted by Primis on 04/13/17 at 06:11 PM ET


Weak offense too.

Posted by Puckbubba on 04/14/17 at 04:25 PM ET

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