22 Make U.S. Junior Squad
NCAA players comprise bulk of U.S. National Junior Team.

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North Dakota’s Jake Sanderson is one of nine NCAA freshmen on the U.S. team (Photo by Mark Kaufmann).

Twenty-two current and former NCAA players headline the 25 named to the U.S. National Junior Team, USA Hockey announced Saturday. The group now heads to Edmonton, Alta., to compete in the 2021 World Junior Championship.

Three Named to Team Canada

Twelve schools are represented among the 22 NCAA players. Boston College, Michigan and Minnesota lead the way with three selections each, while Harvard, North Dakota, Providence and Wisconsin each have two representatives.

Eight players return from the 2020 U.S. National Junior Team, led by Boston College sophomore goaltender Spencer Knight (Darien, Conn./U.S. NTDP/FLA), who makes the team for the third time. Wisconsin sophomore Cole Caufield (Stevens Point, Wis./U.S. NTDP/MTL), who shares the national lead with six goals this season, is another returnee.

Providence head coach Nate Leaman is the head coach of the 2021 U.S. National Junior Team, with Ted Donato (Harvard), Kris Mayotte (Michigan) and Steve Miller (Ohio State) serving as assistant coaches and Theresa Feaster (Providence) as video coach.

The U.S. will face Russia in its first preliminary matchup on Dec. 25 (9:30 p.m. ET). NHL Network will provide live coverage of all U.S. games in the tournament.

2021 U.S. National Junior Team Roster
Player NCAA Team
Goaltenders
Spencer Knight Boston College
Logan Stein Ferris State
Dustin Wolf  

Defensemen
Brock Faber Minnesota
Drew Helleson Boston College
Ryan Johnson Minnesota
Tyler Kleven North Dakota
Jackson LaCombe Minnesota
Jake Sanderson North Dakota
Hunter Skinner  
Henry Thrun Harvard
Cam York Michigan

Forwards
Matthew Beniers Michigan
Brett Berard Providence
Matthew Boldy Boston College
Bobby Brink Denver
Brendan Brisson Michigan
Cole Caufield Wisconsin
Sam Colangelo Northeastern
John Farinacci Harvard
Arthur Kaliyev  
Patrick Moynihan Providence
Landon Slaggert Notre Dame
Alex Turcotte Wisconsin
Trevor Zegras Boston University