Hobey Baker Award winner Johnny Gaudreau has been added to the United States men's national team for the 2014 IIHF World Championship, bringing the total number of former college stars slated to participate in the event to 19.
The World Championship will take place May 9-25 in Minsk, Belarus, and Wednesday NBC Sports Network announced its plans to carry all of Team USA's games live.
The former college players taking part in the tournament include four players for Canada and 15 for the U.S. More players may be added to rosters prior to the tournament's start as well.
Gaudreau and B.C. linemate Kevin Hayes are both on the U.S. squad, which features four players who played NCAA hockey this season - those two, plus UMass Lowell goaltender Connor Hellebuyck and Wisconsin defenseman Jake McCabe.
Former college stars play an integral role in forming both the U.S. and Canadian teams. Bowling Green alum Rob Blake is the general manager of the Canadian team, while former Wisconsin star Jim Johansson heads up the U.S. Men's National Team Advisory Group, which also includes former college players Brian Burke, Paul Holmgren, Dean Lombardi, David Poile, Ray Shero, Don Waddell and Tom Kurvers.
Former College Players
|Kevin Bieksa||Bowling Green|
|Jason Garrison||Minnesota Duluth|
|Connor Hellebuyck||UMass Lowell|
|Jeff Petry||Michigan State|
|Johnny Gaudreau||Boston College|
|Jimmy Hayes||Boston College|
|Kevin Hayes||Boston College|
|Brock Nelson||North Dakota|
|Tim Stapleton||Minnesota Duluth|