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Team USA Wins 2017 World Junior Championship

01/06/2017, 10:00am CST

22 USHL Alumni lead the Americans to their first gold medal since 2013.


For USA Hockey's game recap, click here.


In one of the most thrilling games in World Junior Championship history, Team USA came back from a pair of two-goal deficits to knock off Team Canada 5-4 in a shootout and capture their first goal medal at the tournament since 2013.


Kieffer Bellows, a 2015 Clark Cup Champion with the Sioux Falls Stampede, led the way offensively with a pair of goals. Charlie McAvoy (Team USA) and Colin White (Team USA) also scored in regulation for Team USA. Following a scoreless 20-minute overtime period, the teams went to a five-round shootout. Troy Terry (Team USA) scored the only goal of the shootout to give the Americans the gold medal.


It was the first gold medal for Team USA since 2013, where they were led by Johnny Gaudreau (Dubuque Fighting Saints), Jacob Trouba (Team USA), J.T. Miller (Team USA), and Seth Jones (Team USA).


The 2017 team was comprised of 22 USHL alumni, the most in the history of the tournament. There were also 1,200 games of USHL experience on the roster, the most of any junior or professional league that members of Team USA have competed in. It was also the first gold medal for head coach Bob Motzko, who was a head coach in the USHL for both the North Iowa Huskies (1987-1991) and Sioux Falls Stampede (1998-2001). He previously coached Team USA at the 2014 World Junior Championship.


Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 15th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2016-17.  30 or more players from the USHL have been selected in four consecutive NHL Drafts,  and more than 400 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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