Sunday, December 22, 2013

Barber named Captain of U.S. National Junior Team; roster reduced to 24

Press Release sent to the World of Junior Hockey

HELSINGBORG, Sweden – Riley Barber (Pittsburgh, Pa./Miami Univ.) was named captain of the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team, USA Hockey announced today. The alternate captains are Andrew Copp (Ann Arbor, Mich./Univ. of Michigan) and Matt Grzelcyk (Charlestown, Mass./Boston Univ.).

A year ago, Barber helped the U.S. National Junior Team capture the gold medal at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia. He contributed three goals and three assists. Barber, Copp and Grzelcyk were teammates on the U.S. squad that won the gold medal at the 2012 IIHF Men's Under-18 World Championship in Brno, Czech Republic.

Additionally, Team USA reduced its roster to 24 players today, one shy of the final number that will participate at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship Dec. 26, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014, in Malmo. For the current roster, which includes 14 forwards, seven defensemen and three goalies, click here.

"We are pleased to have settled on our three goaltenders and seven defensemen for the tournament," said Jim Johannson, general manager of the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team and also the assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. "Due to a medical matter, we are still evaluating our forwards and expect to make a final decision by our first game on Dec. 26."

The U.S. begins defense of its gold medal against Czech Republic Thursday (Dec. 26) at 5:30 p.m. (11:30 a.m. ET). In the U.S., the game will be televised live on NHL Network (DirecTV 215, DISH 477) and streamed live on

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