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USA Hockey Announces U.S. World Junior Roster

12/14/2021, 3:45pm CST

All 25 Players Have USHL Ties, Including Three Current Players

USA Hockey announced Tuesday the roster for the 2022 U.S. National Junior Team, which includes 25 players, all of which have USHL ties. The roster will represent the United States at the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship in Red Deer, Alberta from December 26, 2021 to January 5, 2022. 

All three players currently on USHL rosters who were invited to camp made the final roster, including Lincoln Stars goaltender Kaidan Mbereko, as well as United States Development Program (NTDP) forward Logan Cooley and goaltender Dylan Silverstein. All three players are eligible for the 2022 NHL Draft and are all committed to Division I schools, with commitments to Boston College (Silverstein), Colorado College (Mbereko) and University of Notre Dame (Cooley). 


  • All 25 players on the final roster have USHL ties.
  • Of the 25 players, four are NHL Draft eligible in 2022 and 21 have already been Drafted by NHL teams.
  • The roster features six First Round Draft picks including Matthew Beniers (Seattle Kraken, 2021, #2), Luke Hughes (New Jersey Devils, 2021, #4), Jake Sanderson (Ottawa Senators, 2020, #5), Matthew Coronato (Calgary Flames, 2021, #13), Chaz Lucius (Winnipeg Jets, 2021, #18), Mackie Samoskevich (Florida Panthers, 2021, #24).
  • Of the 25 rostered players, 20 are currently playing NCAA Division I  hockey and three are committed to play DI hockey in the future. The Big Ten's University of Michigan and University of Minnesota lead the way with three players each while Harvard University, University of Minnesota Duluth and University of North Dakota each have two players each. Eight other DI schools each have one player represented. 
  • Jack Peart (Fargo Force, 2019-21) was added to the roster late and made the final cut. 
Name Position USHL Team (Seasons) Current Team (League) NHL Team (Draft Info)
Beniers, Matthew F USA Hockey NTDP (2018-20) University of Michigan (NCAA) Seattle Kraken (2021, Round 1, #2)
Berard, Brett F USA Hockey NTDP (2018-20) Providence College (NCAA) New York Rangers (2020, Round 5, #134)
Commesso, Drew G USA Hockey NTDP (2018-20) Boston University (NCAA) Chicago Blackhawks (2020, Round 2, #46)
Cooley, Logan F USA Hockey NTDP (2020-22) USA Hockey NTDP (USHL) 2022 NHL Draft Eligible
Coronato, Matthew F Chicago Steel (2019-21) Harvard University (NCAA) Calgary Flames (2021, Round 1, #13)
Dickinson, Tanner F Green Bay Gamblers (2018-19) Soo Greyhounds (OHL) St. Louis Blues (2020, Round 4, #119)
Faber, Brock D USA Hockey NTDP (2018-20) University of Minnesota (NCAA) Los Angeles Kings (2020, Round 2, #45)
Hughes, Luke D USA Hockey NTDP (2019-21) University of Michigan (NCAA) New Jersey Devils (2021, Round 1, #4)
James, Dominic F Lincoln Stars (2018-21) University of Minnesota Duluth (NCAA) 2022 NHL Draft Eligible
Kaiser, Wyatt D Dubuque Fighting Saints (2019-20) University of Minnesota Duluth (NCAA) Chicago Blackhawks (2020, Round 3, #81)
Kleven, Tyler D USA Hockey NTDP (2018-20) University of North Dakota (NCAA) Ottawa Senators (2020, Round 2, #44)
Knies, Matthew F Tri-City Storm (2018-21) University of Minnesota (NCAA) Toronto Maple Leafs (2021, Round 2, #57)
Lucius, Chaz F USA Hockey NTDP (2019-21) University of Minnesota (NCAA) Winnipeg Jets (2021, Round 1, #18)
Mazur, Carter F Tri-City Storm (2018-21), USA Hockey NTDP (2018-19) Denver University (NCAA) Detroit Red Wings (2021, Round 3, #70)
Mbereko, Kaidan G Lincoln Stars (2021-22), USA Hockey NTDP (2019-21) Lincoln Stars (USHL) 2022 NHL Draft Eligible
Moore, Ian D Chicago Steel (2020-21) Harvard University (NCAA) Anaheim Ducks (2020, Round 3, #67)
Morrow, Scott D Youngstown Phantoms (2019-20), Fargo Force (2020-21) University of Massachusetts (NCAA) Carolina Hurricanes (2021, Round 2, #40)
Pastujov, Sasha F USA Hockey NTDP (2019-21) Guelph Storm (OHL) Anaheim Ducks (2021, Round 3, #66)
Peart, Jack D Fargo Force (2019-21) St. Cloud State University (NCAA) Minnesota Wild (2021, Round 2, #144)
Samoskevich, Mackie F Chicago Steel (2018-21) University of Michigan (NCAA) Florida Panthers (2021, Round 1, #24)
Sanderson, Jake D USA Hockey NTDP (2018-20) University of North Dakota (NCAA) Ottawa Senators (2020, Round 1, #5)
Savage, Redmond F USA Hockey NTDP (2019-21) Miami University (NCAA) Detroit Red Wings (2021, Round 4, #114)
Silverstein, Dylan G USA Hockey NTDP (2020-22) USA Hockey NTDP (USHL) 2022 NHL Draft Eligible
Slaggert, Landon F USA Hockey NTDP (2018-20) University of Notre Dame (NCAA) Chicago Blackhawks (2020, Round 3, #79)
Smilanic, Ty F USA Hockey NTDP (2018-20) Quinnipiac University (NCAA) Florida Panthers (2020, Round 3, #74)

The 2021-22 season will be the USHL's 20th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league. The USHL had 50 players selected at the 2021 NHL Draft, marking the fourth-straight season with 50-or-more USHL players selected in the Draft. More than 800 league 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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