ROCHESTER, USA – USA Hockey today announced on Wednesday its 22-player roster the 2011 IIHF World U20 Championship, Dec. 26, 2010 to Jan. 5, 2011, that takes place on home ice in Buffalo, N.Y.
"There's a great combination of experience and talent on this roster," said Jim Johannson, general manager of the 2011 U.S. National Junior Team. "The fact that these decisions were so hard is a testament to where hockey has come in the United States."
"I'm excited with this group of guys moving forward," said Keith Allain, head coach of the 2011 U.S. National Junior Team. "We've got good speed and talent across the board, which should help us in a tournament with so many skilled teams."
Among those named to the 2011 roster are eight returning players from the gold medal-winning 2010 U.S. National Junior Team, including goaltender Jack Campbell; defenceman John Ramage; and forwards Ryan Bourque, Jerry D'Amigo, Chris Kreider, Jeremy Morin, Kyle Palmieri and Jason Zucker.
Also highlighting the preliminary roster are six players from the gold medal-winning 2010 U.S. National Under-18 Team, including Campbell and Andy Iles in goal; defencemen Justin Faulk, Derek Forbort and Jon Merrill; and forward Zucker.
Team USA will face Norway on Thursday (Dec. 23) at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena in Jamestown, N.Y., in its final tune-up prior to the 2011 IIHF World U20 Championship.
Team USA for the 2011 IIHF World U20 Championship
Jack Cambpell, Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
Andy Iles, Cornell Univ. (ECACH)
Brian Dumoulin, Boston College (HEA)
Justin Faulk, Univ. of Minnesota Duluth (WCHA)
Derek Forbort, Univ. of North Dakota (WCHA)
Nick Leddy, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Jon Merrill, Univ. of Michigan (CCHA)
John Ramage, Univ. of Wisconsin (WCHA)
Patrick Wey, Boston College (HEA)
Nick Bjugstad, Univ. of Minnesota (WCHA)
Ryan Bourque, Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
Chris Brown, Univ. of Michigan (CCHA)
Mitch Callahan, Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
Charlie Coyle, Boston Univ. (HEA)
Jerry D'Amigo, Toronto Marlies (AHL)
Emerson Etem, Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
Chris Kreider, Boston College (HEA)
Jeremy Morin, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Brock Nelson, Univ. of North Dakota (WCHA)
Kyle Palmieri, Syracuse Crunch (AHL)
Drew Shore, Univ. of Denver (WCHA)
Jason Zucker, Univ. of Denver (WCHA)