Sunday, December 23, 2012

2013 U.S. National Junior Team Roster Nears Completion

Press Release sent to the World of Junior Hockey

HELSINKI, Finland - USA Hockey announced today that its U.S. National Junior Team roster has been trimmed to 24 players, one shy of the final number that will participate at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship Dec. 26, 2012-Jan. 5, 2013, in Ufa, Russia.

The roster includes three returnees from the 2012 U.S. National Junior Team, including goaltender John Gibson (Pittsburgh, Pa./Kitchener Rangers), defenseman Jacob Trouba (Rochester, Mich./Univ. of Michigan) and forward J.T. Miller (East Palestine, Ohio/Hartford Whale).
"We are very close to finalizing our group of defensemen, pending the resolution of a medical situation," said Jim Johannson, general manager of the 2012 U.S. National Junior Team and also the assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. "We are set with our 13 forwards and three goaltenders. The decisions we made today were very difficult and are a testament to the talent available to us in the United States."

The U.S. will look to earn its third medal in four years afte
r capturing the gold medal at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship in Saskatoon, Sask., and the bronze medal at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo, N.Y.

For the updated roster, click here.

The updated roster includes players from California to Massachusetts and Minnesota and Michigan to Texas and Florida. In all, 13 states are represented.

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