COLORADO SPRINGS, USA – USA Hockey announced the first 16 players that will compete at the 2011 IIHF World Championship, April 29 - May 15, in Bratislava and Kosice, Slovakia.
The group includes two goaltenders, four defensemen and 10 forwards, and features 14 players from the National Hockey League.
Highlighting the roster are seven players with U.S. Men's National Team experience, including goaltender Ty Conklin (St. Louis Blues), who played in the 2004 and 2005 World Championships and the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. Forward Yan Stastny (CSKA Moscow) is a two-time member (2005, 2006), while defensemen Mike Komisarek (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Mark Stuart (Atlanta Thrashers) played for the national team in 2006 and 2008, respectively.
In addition, goaltender Al Montoya (New York Islanders) and forward Ryan Shannon (Ottawa Sentaors) skated on the 2009 team that garnered a fourth-place finish. Chris Kreider (Boston College) is the only returnee from the U.S. squad that competed at the 2010 IIHF World Championship in Germany.
Four other players have experience at IIHF World Championships, including defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (St. Louis Blues), who participated in the 2009 IIHF World Championship and won silver in the 2007 IIHF World U18 Championship. Other former U20 or U18 players include Mike Brown (Toronto Maple Leafs), Jack Skille (Florida Panthers) and Blake Wheeler (Atlanta Thrashers).
Additionally, five players will be making their Team USA debuts including defenseman Mark Fayne (New Jersey Devils) and forwards Andy Miele (Phoenix Coyotes), Nick Palmieri (New Jersey Devils), Chris Porter (St. Louis Blues) and Tim Stapleton (Atlanta Thrashers).
Overall, the 11 players with U.S. national team experience have competed in six IIHF World Championships (2004-06, 2008-10), 10 IIHF World U20 Championships (2001-07, 2009-11) and five IIHF World U18 Championships (2000, 2002-03, 2005, 2007).
Six of the 16 players are alumni of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, including Mike Brown (2001-03), Mike Komisarek (1999-2000), Al Montoya (2001-02), Kevin Shattenkirk (2005-07), Jack Skille (2003-05) and Mark Stuart (2000-02).
U.S. 16-man preliminary roster
Ty Conklin, St. Louis Blues (NHL)
Al Montoya, New York Islanders (NHL)
Mark Fayne, New Jersey Devils (NHL)
Mike Komisarek, Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL)
Kevin Shattenkirk, St. Louis Blues (NHL)
Mark Stuart, Atlanta Thrashers (NHL)
Mike Brown, Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL)
Chris Kreider, Boston College (HEA)
Andy Miele, Phoenix Coyotes (NHL)
Nick Palmieri, New Jersey Devils (NHL)
Chris Porter, St. Louis Blues (NHL)
Ryan Shannon, Ottawa Senators (NHL)
Jack Skille, Florida Panthers (NHL)
Tim Stapleton, Atlanta Thrashers (NHL)
Yan Stastny, CSKA Moscow (RUS)
Blake Wheeler, Atlanta Thrashers (NHL)