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Jack Drury (Waterloo Black Hawks) scored, but the U.S. Junior Select Team, comprised entirely of USHL players, fell to Canada West 5-1 to take second place at the 2017 World Junior A Challenge in Truro, NS.
“It's an unfortunate result for us,” said PK O'Handley, head coach of the Waterloo Black Hawks and 2017 U.S. Junior Select Team. “We just didn’t have enough left in the tank and that is how the game unfolded. I’m proud of our guys for the tournament as a whole.”
2017 marks the first year that the United States has earned a silver medal at the World Junior A Challenge. Since the first tournament in 2006, Team USA has won seven gold medals (2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016) along with three bronze medals (2007, 2011, 2015).
In addition to the United States silver medal, three USHL players - Jan Kern (Dubuque Fighting Saints), Jachym Kondelik (Muskegon Lumberjacks) and Adam Brizgala (Muskegon Lumberjacks) earned a bronze medal with the Czech Republic, who defeated Russia 4-2 in the third-place game. Kondelik did not play in the game as he was added to the Czech Republic's preliminary roster for the 2018 World Junior Championships in Buffalo, NY.
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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