17 USHL graduates were named to 2016 World Cup of Hockey rosters. Preliminary 16-man rosters for the international tournament, scheduled to start Sept. 17 in Toronto, were announced throughout the day Wednesday in conjunction with the NHL. In addition to national teams participating will be Team North America, comprised of the top 23-and-under players from the United States and Canada, as well as Team Europe.
Team North America, the youngest of the World Cup rosters, and Team United States had the most USHL alumni (7) of any World Cup team. Notable alumni named to rosters include San Jose Sharks captain Joe Pavelski (Waterloo Black Hawks), Montreal Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty (Sioux City Musketeers), Buffalo Sabres rookie Jack Eichel (Team USA), Calgary Flames Johnny Gaudreau (Dubuque Fighting Saints), Winnipeg Jets Blake Wheeler (Green Bay Gamblers) and Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (Team USA).
|Player Name||World Cup Team||NHL Team||USHL Team|
|Martin Hanzal||Czech Republic||Arizona Coyotes||Omaha Lancers|
|Andrej Sustr||Czech Republic||Tampa Bay Lightning||Youngstown Phantoms|
|Thomas Vanek||Europe||Minnesota Wild||Sioux Falls Stampede|
|John Gibson||North America||Anaheim Ducks||Team USA|
|Seth Jones||North America||Columbus Blue Jackets||Team USA|
|Jack Eichel||North America||Buffalo Sabres||Team USA|
|Johnny Gaudreau||North America||Calgary Flames||Dubuque Fighting Saints|
|Dylan Larkin||North America||Detroit Red Wings||Team USA|
|J.T. Miller||North America||New York Rangers||Team USA|
|Brandon Saad||North America||Columbus Blue Jackets||Team USA|
|John Carlson||USA||Washington Capitals||Indiana Ice|
|Justin Abdelkader||USA||Detroit Red Wings||Cedar Rapids RoughRiders|
|Ryan Kesler||USA||Anaheim Ducks||Team USA|
|T.J. Oshie||USA||Washington Capitals||Sioux Falls Stampede|
|Joe Pavelski||USA||San Jose Sharks||Waterloo Black Hawks|
|Blake Wheeler||USA||Winnipeg Jets||Green Bay Gamblers|
|Max Pacioretty||USA||Montreal Canadiens||Sioux City Musketeers|
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 14th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2015-16. A record 37 players were chosen in the 2015 NHL Draft and more than 375 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.
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