When the United States heads to Malmo, Sweden, for the World Junior Championships later this month, there will almost certainly be a few Hockey East representatives on the roster.
Nine players from Hockey East schools – more than any other collegiate league – are on the American preliminary roster that was announced Dec. 4. In fact, the nine Hockey East players matches the total of all other college leagues combined.
The players on the preliminary roster are invited to the Dec. 15-18 training camp in Minnesota, and then to final preparations in Angelholm, Sweden, before teams announce their final 23-man rosters on Dec. 23.
Boston College leads the way with four players – goaltender Thatcher Demko, forward Ryan Fitzgerald (North Reading, Mass.), and defensemen Ian McCoshen and Steve Santini – on the preliminary roster.
Boston University forward Danny O’Regan (Needham, Mass.) and defenseman Matt Grzelcyk (Charlestown, Mass.) – a Bruins prospect like BC’s Fitzgerald – are also on the list. Providence goaltender Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine), UNH defenseman Brett Pesce and Notre Dame forward Thomas DiPauli round out Hockey East’s representation on the list.
Additionally, Boston College associate head coach Greg Brown will serve as an assistant coach under Minnesota’s Don Lucia, as will former UNH assistant David Lassonde, now an assistant at Denver.
North Chelmsford, Mass., native Jack Eichel, currently a forward on the U.S. National Under-18 Team, is also on the invite list, as is Adam Erne (North Branford, Conn.), a forward with the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
The full 26-man invite roster is below. The World Junior Championships take place Dec. 26, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014 in Malmo, Sweden. Team USA has earned at least a medal in three of the last four World Junior Championships, including gold in 2010 and 2013. The Americans beat Sweden, this year’s hosts, in the 2013 gold medal game in Ufa, Russia.
2013-14 TEAM USA WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS PRELIMINARY ROSTER
Name Pos. DOB Hometown 2013-14 Team (League)
Riley Barber F 2/7/94 Pittsburgh, Pa. Miami University (NCHC)
Will Butcher D 1/6/95 Sun Prairie, Wis. University of Denver (NCHC)
Connor Carrick D 4/13/94 Orland Park, Ill. Hershey Bears (AHL)
J.T. Compher F 4/8/95 Northbrook, Ill. University of Michigan (Big Ten)
Andrew Copp F 7/8/94 Ann Arbor, Mich. University of Michigan (Big Ten)
Tony DeAngelo D 10/24/95 Philadelphia, Pa. Sarnia Sting (OHL)
Thatcher Demko G 12/8/95 San Diego, Calif. Boston College (HEA)
Tommy DiPauli F 4/29/94 Woodbridge, Ill. University of Notre Dame (HEA)
Jack Eichel F 10/28/96 North Chelmsford, Mass. U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)
Adam Erne F 4/20/95 North Branford, Conn. Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
Hudson Fasching F 7/28/95 Burnsville, Minn. University of Minnesota (Big Ten)
Ryan Fitzgerald F 10/19/94 North Reading, Mass. Boston College (HEA)
Jon Gillies G 1/22/94 South Portland, Maine Providence College (HEA)
Matt Grzelyck D 1/5/94 Charlestown, Mass. Boston University (HEA)
Ryan Hartman F 9/20/94 West Dundee, Ill. Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
Nic Kerdiles F 1/11/94 Irvine, Calif. University of Wisconsin (Big Ten)
Stefan Matteau F 2/23/94 Chicago, Ill. Albany Devils (AHL)
Ian McCoshen D 8/5/95 Hudson, Wis. Boston College (HEA)
Tyler Motte F 3/10/95 St. Clair, Mich. University of Michigan (Big Ten)
Dan O'Regan F 1/30/94 Needham, Mass. Boston University (HEA)
Brett Pesce D 11/15/94 Tarrytown, N.Y. University of New Hampshire (HEA)
Henrik Samuelsson F 2/7/94 Scottsdale, Ariz. Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
Steve Santini D 3/7/95 Mahopac, N.Y. Boston College (HEA)
Quentin Shore F5/25/94 Denver, Colo. University of Denver (NCHC)
Brady Skjei D 3/26/94 Lakeville, Minn. University of Minnesota (Big Ten)
Anthony Stolarz G 1/20/94 Edison, N.J. London Knights (OHL)