USA Hockey announced Monday the U.S. National Junior Team roster for the 2020 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship from Dec. 26, 2019 to Jan. 5, 2020 in Ostrava and Trinec, Czech Republic.
The roster includes 20 players who previously skated in the USHL, including three former Tri-City Storm (Isaiah Saville / Zac Jones / Shane Pinto), Youngstown Phantoms (Jordan Harris / Curtis Hall), and Sioux City Musketeers (Bobby Brink / Parker Ford). Pinto also skated for the Lincoln Stars. The rest of the former USHL skaters consist of 12 former United States National Team Development Team (NTDP) members.
Of the 20 players with USHL ties, 19 are among the more than 800 former USHL athletes currently playing NCAA Division I hockey. Oliver Wahlstrom (NTDP) currently plays for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League (AHL) and previously skated for Boston College. The NCAA Division I athletes represent four conferences (Big Ten – 8, Hockey East – 6, NCHC – 4, ECAC – 2) and 14 different schools (4 – University of Wisconsin; 2 – University of Michigan, University of Notre Dame; 1 – Boston College, Boston University, Harvard University, Northeastern University, Providence College, Western Michigan University, Yale University, University of Denver, University of Massachusetts, University of Nebraska-Omaha, University of North Dakota).
Nineteen of the 20 players have already been selected at the NHL Draft, including 10 in 2019 and nine in 2018. The lone undrafted skater is former Sioux City Musketeers – and current Providence College, forward Parker Ford – who is eligible for the 2020 NHL Draft.
The United States has medaled at this event for four-straight years with goaltender Spencer Knight, defensemen K’Andre Miller and Mattias Samuelsson, and forwards Jack Drury and Wahlstrom.
Team USA will be competing in Group B with Russia, Canada, Germany, and host country Czech Republic. Group seeds are based on the final rankings of the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Along with the 20 players, three of the assistant coaches on the U.S. roster have ties to the USHL, including former Sioux City Musketeers General Manager and Head Coach Brett Larson (2011-13) and former players Steve Miller (Madison Capitols – 1984-85) and Jerry Keefe (Omaha Lancers – 1994-96).
Team USA won both of its pre-tournament games, including a 6-4 win over Sweden on Sunday and a 7-1 win over Germany earlier today. Preliminary games will take place against Canada (Dec. 26), Germany (Dec. 27), Russia (Dec. 29) and Czech Republic (Dec. 30) before the Quarterfinals begin January 2. The Bronze -and Gold-Medal games will be held Sunday, January 5. All games are available on NHL Network.
|Jersey Number||Name||Position||USHL Team||Current Team||NHL Draft|
|17||John Beecher||F||USA Hockey NTDP||University of Michigan (NCAA)||Boston Bruins (2019, Round 1, #30 overall)|
|23||Bobby Brink||F||Sioux City Musketeers||University of Denver (NCAA)||Philadelphia Flyers (2019, Round 2, #34 overall)|
|13||Cole Caufield||F||USA Hockey NTDP||University of Wisconsin (NCAA)||Montreal Canadiens (2019, Round 1, #15 overall)|
|12||Jack Drury||F||Waterloo Black Hawks||Harvard University (NCAA)||Carolina Hurricanes (2018, Round 2, #42 overall)|
|21||Ty Emberson||D||USA Hockey NTDP||University of Wisconsin (NCAA)||Arizona Coyotes (2018, Round 3, #73 overall)|
|20||Parker Ford||F||Sioux City Musketeers||Providence College (NCAA)||2020 NHL Draft Eligible|
|10||Curtis Hall||F||Youngstown Phantoms||Yale University (NCAA)||Boston Bruins (2018, Round 4, #119 overall)|
|2||Jordan Harris||D||Youngstown Phantoms||Northeastern University (NCAA)||Montreal Canadiens (2018, Round 3, #71 overall)|
|6||Zac Jones||D||Tri-City Storm||University of Massachusetts (NCAA)||New York Rangers (2019, Round 3, #68 overall)|
|30||Spencer Knight||G||USA Hockey NTDP||Boston College (NCAA)||Florida Panthers (2019, Round 1, 13th overall)|
|19||K'Andre Miller||D||USA Hockey NTDP||University of Wisconsin (NCAA)||New York Rangers (2018, Round 1, #22 overall)|
|22||Shane Pinto||F||Lincoln Stars / Tri-City Storm||University of North Dakota (NCAA)||Ottawa Senators (2019, Round 2, #32 overall)|
|25||Jacob Pivonka||F||USA Hockey NTDP||University of Notre Dame (NCAA)||New York Islanders (2018, Round 4, #103 overall)|
|24||Mattias Samuelsson||D||USA Hockey NTDP||Western Michigan University (NCAA)||Buffalo Sabres (2018, Round 2, #32 overall)|
|31||Isaiah Saville||G||Tri-City Storm||University of Nebraska-Omaha (NCAA)||Vegas Golden Knights (2019, Round 5, #135 overall)|
|7||Spencer Stastney||D||USA Hockey NTDP||University of Notre Dame (NCAA)||Nashville Predators (2018, Round 5, #131 overall)|
|15||Alex Turcotte||F||USA Hockey NTDP||University of Wisconsin (NCAA)||Los Angeles Kings (2019, Round 1, #5 overall)|
|18||Oliver Wahlstrom||F||USA Hockey NTDP||Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL)||New York Islanders (2018, Round 1, #11 overall)|
|4||Cam York||D||USA Hockey NTDP||University of Michigan (NCAA)||Philadelphia Flyers (2019, Round 1, #14 overall)|
|9||Trevor Zegras||F||USA Hockey NTDP||Boston University (NCAA)||Anaheim Ducks (2019, Round 1, #9 overall)|
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 18th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2019-20. The USHL had 55 players selected at the 2019 NHL Draft, and more than 800 alumni are currently on NCAA Division I rosters, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.
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