USA Hockey announces preliminary WJC roster

By League Press Release

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey today named the 29 players that have been invited to its pre-tournament camp beginning Dec. 17 in Troy, Rochester, Jamestown and Amherst, N.Y., and make up the preliminary 2011 U.S. National Junior Team roster.

The camp will include exhibition games against Rensselaer’s men’s ice hockey team (Dec. 19), the Czech Republic (Dec. 21) and Norway (Dec. 23). The final U.S. National Junior Team 22-man roster will be announced prior to Team USA’s final exhibition game against Norway.
The 2011 U.S. National Junior Team will compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2010-Jan. 5, 2011, in Buffalo and Niagara, N.Y.

"We’re excited with the group of players coming to the camp," said Jim Johannson, general manager of the 2011 U.S. National Junior Team and also the assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. "It was difficult to get down to the 29 and we’ll have some tough decisions to get down to our final 22-man roster, but that’s a good problem to have."

Among those invited to the camp are eight returning players from the gold medal-winning 2010 U.S. National Junior Team, including goaltender Jack Campbell (Port Huron, Mich.); defenseman John Ramage (Chesterfield, Mo./Univ. of Wisconsin); and forwards Ryan Bourque (Boxford, Mass.), Jerry D’Amigo (Binghamton, N.Y./RPI), Chris Kreider (Boxford, Mass./Boston College), Jeremy Morin (Auburn, N.Y.), Kyle Palmieri (Montvale, N.J.) and Jason Zucker (Las Vegas, Nev./Univ. of Denver).

Also highlighting the preliminary roster are 11 players from the gold medal-winning 2010 U.S. National Under-18 Team, including Campbell and Andy Iles (Ithaca, N.Y./Cornell Univ.) in goal; defensemen Adam Clendening (Niagara Falls, N.Y./Boston Univ.), Justin Faulk (South St. Paul, Minn./Univ. of Minnesota Duluth), Derek Forbort (Duluth, Minn./Univ. of North Dakota) and Jon Merrill (Brighton, Mich./Univ. of Michigan); and forwards Connor Brickley (Everett, Mass.), Rocco Grimaldi (Rossmoor, Calif.), Matt Nieto (Long Beach, Calif./Boston Univ.), Brandon Saad (Gibsonia, Pa.) and Zucker.

NOTES: The U.S. will be defending its 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship gold medal, having defeated Canada, 6-5, in overtime, to claim the title last year in Saskatoon, Sask. For a full tournament schedule and ticket information, visit… For information on Team USA’s pre-tournament exhibition games in Troy, Rochester and Jamestown, N.Y., click here… The U.S. preliminary roster includes 18 first or second-round National Hockey League Draft picks, including nine first-rounders. Additionally, six players are NHL draft eligible in 2011 …. A total of 13 states are represented on the U.S. preliminary roster, with Minnesota and Massachusetts leading the way with five players each. New York and California are right behind with four players apiece … Since 2000, Team USA has a .642 winning percentage (42-3-5-19-5/W-OTW-OTL-L-T) in the IIHF World Junior Championship and has medaled on three occasions, including gold in both 2004 and 2010 … Keith Allain, head men’s ice hockey coach at nationally-ranked Yale University, is the head coach of the U.S. National Junior Team. He will be assisted by Mark Osiecki, head men’s ice hockey coach at The Ohio State University; Phil Housley, head boys’ ice hockey coach at Stillwater (Minn.) high school; and Joe Exter, goaltending coach at USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program … Jim Johannson is serving as the general manager of Team USA for the second consecutive year. Meanwhile, Tim Taylor, former U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team head coach and longtime Yale University men’s ice hockey head coach, is also serving his second straight year as Team USA’s director of player personnel … From July 30 – Aug. 7, 44 of the top U.S. under-20 players, including 24 of the 28 invitees to Team USA’s pre-tournament camp, took part in USA Hockey’s National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y. For complete camp coverage, click here.


2011 U.S. National Junior Team Preliminary Roster

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Pos. NameHtWtBirthdateS/CHometown2010-11 Team (League)
G1Jack Cambpell^6-21821/9/92LPort Huron, Mich.Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
G29Andy Iles5-91801/30/92LIthaca, N.Y.Cornell Univ. (ECACH)
D2Adam Clendening5-1119010/26/92RNiagara Falls, N.Y.Boston Univ. (HEA)
D4Brian Dumoulin6-42109/6/91LBiddeford, MaineBoston College (HEA)
D25Justin Faulk5-112003/20/92RSouth St. Paul, Minn.Univ. of Minnesota Duluth (WCHA)
D7Derek Forbort6-52003/4/92LDuluth, Minn.Univ. of North Dakota (WCHA)
D6Nick Leddy5-111903/20/91LEden Prairie, Minn.Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
D12Jon Merrill6-32092/3/92LBrighton, Mich.Univ. of Michigan (CCHA)
D28Jamie Oleksiak6-724012/21/92LBoston, Mass.Northeastern Univ. (HEA)
D21John Ramage^6-02012/7/91RChesterfield, Mo.Univ. of Wisconsin (WCHA)
D5Philip Samuelsson6-21987/26/91LScottsdale, Ariz.Boston College (HEA)
D18Patrick Wey6-22053/21/91RPittsburgh, Pa.Boston College (HEA)
F27Nick Bjugstad6-42047/17/92RBlaine, Minn.Univ. of Minnesota (WCHA)
F17Ryan Bourque^5-91641/3/91LBoxford, Mass.Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
F13Connor Brickley6-11952/25/92LEverett, Mass.Univ. of Vermont (HEA)


10Chris Brown6-21942/3/91RFlower Mound, TexasUniv. of Michigan (CCHA)


24Mitch Callahan5-111758/17/91RWhittier, Calif.Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
F3Charlie Coyle6-22073/2/92REast Weymouth, Mass.Boston Univ. (HEA)
F9Jerry D’Amigo^5-112132/19/91LBinghamton, N.Y.Toronto Marlies (AHL)
F26Emerson Etem6-11976/16/92LLong Beach, Calif.Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
F14Rocco Grimaldi5-61612/8/93RRossmoor, Calif.U.S. NTDP U-18 (USHL)
F19Chris Kreider^6-22144/30/91LBoxford, Mass.Boston College (HEA)
F11Jeremy Morin^6-11894/16/91RAuburn, N.Y.Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
F8Brock Nelson6-318510/15/91LMinneapolis, Minn.Univ. of North Dakota (WCHA)
F20Matt Nieto6-018011/5/92LLong Beach, Calif.Boston Univ. (HEA)
F23Kyle Palmieri^5-101942/1/91RMontvale, N.J.Syracuse Crunch (AHL)
F22Brandon Saad6-221110/27/92LGibsonia, Pa.Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
F15Drew Shore6-22001/29/91RDenver, Colo.Univ. of Denver (WCHA)
F16Jason Zucker^5-111801/16/92LLas Vegas, Nev.Univ. of Denver (WCHA)


General Manager: Jim Johannson, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Director of Player Personnel: Tim Taylor, Guilford, Conn.
Head Coach: Keith Allain, North Branford, Conn.
Assistant Coach: Mark Osiecki, Columbus, Ohio
Assistant Coach: Phil Housley, St. Mary’s Point, Minn.
Assistant Coach: Joe Exter, Saline, Mich.
Video Coach: Scott McConnell, Chicago, Ill.
Athletic Trainer: Stan Wong, Boca Raton, Fla.
Athletic Trainer: Jason Hodges, Chelsea, Mich.
Equipment Manager: Scott Aldrich, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Team Doctor: Dr. Phil Johnson, Grand Forks, N.D.
Massage Therapist: Peewee Willmann, Hannover, Germany
Strength & Conditioning Coordinator: Joe Maher, Hamden, Conn.
Hockey Operations: Cole Burkhalter, Knoxville, Tenn.
Manager, Communications: Alex Clark, Colorado Springs, Colo.


President: Ron DeGregorio, Salem, N.H.
Executive Director: Dave Ogrean, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Vice President and International Council Chair: Tony Rossi, Chicago, Ill.
Chairman of the Board: Walter L. Bush, Jr., Naples, Fla.
Senior Director of Communications: Dave Fischer, Colorado Springs, Colo.