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2017 WJAC Roster Announced

11/17/2017, 1:00pm CST


USA Hockey unveiled the U.S. Junior Select Team set to compete in the 2017 World Junior A Challenge from Dec. 10-16 in Truto, Nova Scotia. All 22 players selected currently play in the USHL. The team includes 13 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders.


12 different USHL teams are represented on the roster, including seven teams with multiple players: Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (3), Chicago Steel (3), Dubuque Fighting Saints (3), Des Moines Buccaneers (2), Lincoln Stars (2), Omaha Lancers (2) and Sioux Falls Stampede (2).


All 22 players are currently committed to NCAA Division I schools, including seven programs with multiple commits: St. Cloud State University (4), Yale University (3) Providence College (2), University of Minnesota (2) and the University of Notre Dame (2).


The roster also includes four players that were selected at the 2017 NHL Draft, as Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Clayton Phillips (Muskegon Lumberjacks), Vegas Golden Knights prospect Jack Dugan (Chicago Steel) and a pair of Tampa Bay Lightning prospects - Cole Guttman (Dubuque Fighting Saints) and Nick Perbix (Omaha Lancers) - were named to the team. In addition, eight players selected to the roster were named to Thursday's NHL Central Scouting Players to Watch List in preparation for the 2018 NHL Draft: Jake Kucharski (Des Moines Buccaneers), Christian Krygier (Lincoln Stars), Jack Drury (Waterloo Black Hawks), Tyler Madden (Central Illinois Flying Aces), Blake McLaughlin (Chicago Steel), Paul Cotter (Lincoln Stars), Curtis Hall (Youngstown Phantoms) and Jack Randl (Omaha Lancers).


The 2017 U.S. Junior Select Team will be led by Waterloo Black Hawks head coach P.K. O'Handley. Assistant coaches include Tri-City Storm head coach Anthony Noreen, Sioux Falls Stampede assistant coach Nick Oliver and Green Bay Gamblers assistant coach Ryan Petersen. A full list of staff can be found HERE.


The World Junior A Challenge is in its 12th year, and the United States is competing for the 11th time. The United States will once again be joined by Canada East, Canada West, Czech Republic, Russia and Switzerland. The United States has captured the World Junior A Challenge title seven times, including winning the gold medal last winter in 2016.


Six NHL Draft first round selections from the USHL have played in the WJAC for the U.S. Select Team all-time: Brock Boeser (Waterloo Black Hawks), John Carlson (Indiana Ice), Kyle Connor (Youngstown Phantoms), John Moore (Chicago Steel), Jordan Schmaltz (Green Bay Gamblers) and Nick Schmaltz (Green Bay Gamblers).


Below are the players named to the 2017 U.S. Junior Select Team:

Name USHL Team College Commitment
Jake Kucharski Des Moines Buccaneers Providence College
Ryan Bischel Fargo Force Clarkson University
Christian Krygier Lincoln Stars University of Wisconsin
Chase Blackmun Cedar Rapids RoughRiders University of Massachusetts-Lowell
Jack St. Ivany Sioux Falls Stampede Yale University
Graham Lillibridge Chicago Steel Yale University
Clayton Phillips Muskegon Lumberjacks University of Minnesota
Nick Perbix Omaha Lancers St. Cloud State University
Brendan Bushy Dubuque Fighting Saints St. Cloud State University
Jack Drury Waterloo Black Hawks Harvard University
Tyler Madden Central Illinois Flying Aces Northeastern University
Sam Hentges Des Moines Buccaneers St. Cloud State University
Jack Dugan Chicago Steel Providence College
Nathan Smith Cedar Rapids RoughRiders Minnesota State University
Blake McLaughlin Chicago Steel University of Minnesota
Paul Cotter Lincoln Stars Western Michigan University
Cole Guttman Dubuque Fighting Saints University of Denver
Curtis Hall Youngstown Phantoms Yale University
Alex Steeves Dubuque Fighting Saints University of Notre Dame
Graham Slaggert Cedar Rapids RoughRiders University of Notre Dame
Nolan Walker Sioux Falls Stampede St. Cloud State University
Jack Randl Omaha Lancers University of Michigan

NHL DRAFT HISTORY: 85 NHL Draft picks from the USHL have participated in the WJAC Tournament for the U.S. Select Team: Seth Ambroz (Columbus Blue Jackets), Anthony Angello (Pittsburgh Penguins), Mikey Anderson (Los Angeles Kings), Robbie Baillargeon (Ottawa Senators), Ryan Bednard (Florida Panthers), Mac Bennett (Montreal Canadiens), Josh Birkholz (Florida Panthers), Ben Blood (Ottawa Senators), Brock Boeser (Vancouver Canucks), Connor Brickley (Florida Panthers), Alex Broadhurst (Chicago Blackhawks), Greg Burke (Washington Capitals), Tony Cameranesi (Toronto Maple Leafs), Taylor Cammarata (New York Islanders), John Carlson (Washington Capitals), Mike Cichy (Montreal Canadiens), Ross Colton (Tampa Bay Lightning), Kyle Connor (Winnipeg Jets), Brian Cooper (Anaheim Ducks), Jeff Costello (Ottawa Senators), Chris Crane (San Jose Sharks), Matt Donovan (New York Islanders), Nic Dowd (Los Angeles Kings), Michael Downing (Florida Panthers), Ryan Dzingel (Ottawa Senators), Shane Eiserman (Ottawa Senators), C.J. Franklin (Winnipeg Jets), Max Gaede (San Jose Sharks), Shane Gersich (Washington Capitals), Kevin Gravel(Los Angeles Kings), Aaron Harstad (Winnipeg Jets), Jimmy Hayes (Toronto Maple Leafs), Blake Heinrich (Washington Capitals), Seth Helgeson (New Jersey Devils), Matt Hellickson (New Jersey Devils), Caleb Herbert (Washington Capitals), Vince Hinostroza (Chicago Blackhawks), Connor Hurley (Buffalo Sabres), Josh Jacobs (New Jersey Devils), Nick Jensen (Detroit Red Wings), Steven Johnson (Los Angeles Kings), Luke Johnson (Chicago Blackhawks), Dakota Joshua (Toronto Maple Leafs), Blake Kessel (New York Islanders), Teemu Kivihalme (Nashville Predators), Danny Kristo (Montreal Canadiens), Sean Kuraly (San Jose Sharks), Tanner Laczynski (Philadelphia Flyers), Nick Larson (Calgary Flames), Mike Lee (Arizona Coyotes), John Lee (Florida Panthers), Kevin Lind (Anaheim Ducks), Mario Lucia (Minnesota Wild), Ryan Mantha (New York Rangers), Nick Mattson (Chicago Blackhawks), John Marino (Edmonton Oilers), Scott Mayfield (New York Islanders), Eamon McAdam (New York Islanders), Max McCormick (Ottawa Senators), Ian McCoshen (Florida Panthers), Zane McIntyre (Boston Bruins), Lee Moffie (San Jose Sharks), John Moore (Columbus Blue Jackets), Jimmy Mullin (Tampa Bay Lighting), Max Nicastro (Detroit Red Wings), Thomas Novak (Nashville Predators), Kris Oldham (Tampa Bay Lightning), Mike Parks (Philadelphia Flyers), Chase Pearson (Detroit Red Wings), Andrew Peeke (Green Bay Gamblers), Cal Petersen (Buffalo Sabres), Rem Pitlick (Nashville Predators), Clayton Phillips (Pittsburgh Penguins), Austin Poganski (St. Louis Blues), Cayden Primeau (Montreal Canadiens), Nico Sacchetti (Dallas Stars), Nick Schmaltz (Chicago Blackhawks), Jordan Schmaltz (St. Louis Blues), Jaccob Slavin (Carolina Hurricanes), Craig Smith (Nashville Predators), Zach Stepan (Nashville Predators), Nick Swaney (Minnesota Wild), Andy Welinski (Anaheim Ducks), Christian Wolanin (Ottawa Senators), Max Zimmer (Carolina Hurricanes) and Ryan Zuhlsdorf (Tampa Bay Lightning)

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 16th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2017-18. 30 or more players from the USHL have been selected in five 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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