December 23, 2009

It's a world of opportunity

Ryan Bourque (photo: Getty)

Forwards Ryan Bourque (Boxford, Mass.) of the Quebec Remparts and Chris Kreider (Boxford, Mass./Boston College), and defenseman David Warsofsky (Marshfield, Mass./Boston University) will represent New England as members of the U.S. National Junior Team that will compete in the 2010 World Junior Championship Dec. 26 to Jan. 5 in Regina and Saskatoon, Sask.

The initial roster of 30 players had been trimmed to 24 Sunday and the final roster of 22 was announced Friday. Boston University freshman defenseman Max Nicastro and Michigan forward Chris Brown were the last two players cut. BU sophomore forward Vinny Saponari was released in the earlier round of cuts.

Hershey Bears defenseman John Carlson, a native of Natick, Mass., who was raised in Colonia, N.J., is also on the team.

This will be the first World Junior Championship for all three players. As '91 birth years, both Bourque and Kreider would be eligible again next year.

Bourque, one of seven players on the team from last year's Under-18 World Championship squad, was named USA's Player of the Game in a 3-2 exhibition shootout loss to the Czech Republic Tuesday. Bourque deposited a rebound to tie the game in the third period.

Earlier, Kreider tied the game for the U.S. in the second period. He also scored a pair in an exhibition win Saturday over the University of North Dakota.