Twenty-two NCAA players and one recruit will be among the 29 players contending for spots on the 2019 U.S. National Junior Team, as USA Hockey announced the team’s preliminary roster Wednesday on NHL Network.
The roster will be reduced to 23 players for the 2019 World Junior Championship, which will be held Dec. 26 through Jan. 5 in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia.
The U.S. team, led by Minnesota State head coach Mike Hastings, will convene in Everett, Wash., for training camp Dec. 15-17 before heading to Kamloops, B.C. USA Hockey assistant executive director of hockey operations John Vanbiesbrouck is the general manager of the U.S. team.
Thirteen schools have representatives on the preliminary roster, led by Minnesota Duluth and Wisconsin with three each. Boston College, Boston University, Michigan, Northeastern, Providence and Yale each have two representatives.
Five players on the preliminary roster won bronze as members of the 2018 U.S. National Junior Team: Mikey Anderson (Minnesota Duluth), Quinn Hughes (Michigan), Josh Norris (Michigan), Ryan Poehling (St. Cloud State) and Dylan Samberg (Minnesota Duluth).
Hastings’s staff is comprised entirely of NCAA coaches. The assistant coaches are David Lassonde (Dartmouth), Steve Miller (Ohio State), Scott Sandelin (Minnesota Duluth) and Jerry Keefe (Northeastern).
Eight more NCAA players have been named to preliminary rosters for three other teams:
- Canada: Jacob Bernard-Docker (North Dakota), Shane Bowers (Boston University), Cam Crotty (Boston University), Ian Mitchell (Denver)
- Czech Republic: Jachym Kondelik (Connecticut)
- Finland: Filip Lindberg (Massachusetts), Sampo Ranta (Minnesota), Aarne Talvitie (Penn State)
In all, as many as 17 schools could have players participating in the 2019 World Junior Championship.
|2019 U.S. National Junior Team Preliminary Roster|
|Kyle Keyser||Oshawa (OHL)|
|Spencer Knight*||U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)|
|Mikey Anderson||Minnesota Duluth|
|Joey Keane||Barrie (OHL)|
|Dylan Samberg||Minnesota Duluth|
|Mattias Samuelsson||Western Michigan|
|Jack St. Ivany||Yale|
|Evan Barratt||Penn State|
|Noah Cates||Minnesota Duluth|
|Sasha Chmelevski||Ottawa (OHL)|
|Logan Cockerill||Boston University|
|Cole Coskey||Saginaw (OHL)|
|Joel Farabee||Boston University|
|Jack Hughes||U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)|
|Ryan Poehling||St. Cloud State|
|Jason Robertson||Niagara (OHL)|
|Oliver Wahlstrom||Boston College|
|* Boston College commit|