Urbandale (IA) The Des Moines Buccaneers are proud to announce that forward Marcel Godbout has been named to the Team USA squad that will be participating in next month’s World Junior A Challenge in Nova Scotia. USA Hockey will release the full roster of participants in the coming days but typically the team consists almost entirely of players from the United States Hockey League.
“This is a great honor for Marcel and for the entire team” said Buccaneers’ head coach and general manager Jon Rogger. “(Marcel) is a wonderful talent and someone who deserves to take part in an event such as this.”
A native of Centerline, MI, and a future commit to Michigan State, Marcel made his junior A hockey debut last weekend against Lincoln and Tri-City. He previously played for Shattuck St. Mary’s in Minnesota and was a 2012 Futures Draft selection for Des Moines
Marcel becomes the first Des Moines player to be selected for the World Junior A Challenge team since 2011 but it does come with the bittersweet effect of him missing four Buccaneers’ regular season games. He will be inactive for the Buccaneers’ November 1st, 2nd, 8th and 9th games but Rogger isn’t concerned.
“Most teams in the league are impacted with losing players for this event. The benefits to the player far outweigh any negative and we have plenty of good talent that will still be here.”
The tournament opens Monday November 4th and concludes on Sunday November 10th. Participating teams include Team USA, Canada East and Canada West, Czech Republic, Russia and Switzerland.
(Nathan can be reached at email@example.com)