December 4, 2013
Ryan Fitzgerald is one of four BC players on the preliminary roster
WAKEFIELD, MASS. - USA Hockey today unveiled its 29-player preliminary roster for the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team that will participate in the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship Dec. 26, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014, in Malmo, Sweden.
The list of 29 players includes 10 players from Hockey East and 11 players from all the other NCAA conferences combined. Boston College leads the way with four players on the roster, including goaltender Thatcher Demko (San Diego, Calif.), forward Ryan Fitzgerald (North Reading, Mass.), defenseman Ian McCoshen (Hudson, Wis.) and defenseman Steve Santini (Mahopac, N.Y.).
A pair of Boston University sophomores were also invited, as forward Danny O'Regan (Needham, Mass.) and defenseman Matt Grzelcyk (Charlestown, Mass.) will both participate in the camp. Two Notre Dame forwards were named to the preliminary roster, including sophomore Thomas DiPauli (Woodridge, Ill.) and freshman Vince Hinostroza (Bartlett, Ill.).
Providence College sophomore goaltender Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine), New Hampshire sophomore blueliner Brett Pesce (Tarrytown, N.Y.) were also named to the preliminary squad.
Former Boston College defenseman and current Eagles Associate Head Coach Greg Brown will serve as an assistant coach for the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team. Former Providence College goaltender and former New Hampshire Assistant Coach David Lassonde will also be on the Team USA staff as an assistant coach.
The 26 players will participate in a training camp Dec. 15-18 at the University of Minnesota's Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis, with preparations continuing in Angelholm, Sweden, before the final 23-man roster is announced on Dec. 23. The U.S. will play three games before the start of the IIHF World Junior Championship, including Dec. 17 against Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minn., and contests in Angelholm vs. Finland on Dec. 20 and Sweden on Dec. 22.
Team USA has medaled in three of the last four IIHF World Junior Championships, winning gold in 2010 and 2013, plus bronze in 2011. The U.S. will be defending its 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship gold medal, having defeated Sweden, 3-1, in Ufa, Russia in the gold medal game.
The Hockey East Association is an 11-team Division I college men's hockey conference founded in 1984 and an eight team Division I women's league which began play in 2002-03. The men's league has won eight NCAA championships in the past 21 years. Since 1999, Hockey East has won six NCAA Championships with 13 NCAA Championship Game appearances, while placing 21 teams in the Frozen Four and 52 teams in the NCAA Tournament during that time.
|2014 IIHF World Junior Championship Team USA TRAINING CAMP Schedule|
|Sun., Dec. 15||Practice||Mariucci Arena||Minneapolis, Minn.||6:30-8 p.m. CT|
|Mon., Dec. 16||Practice||Mariucci Arena||Minneapolis, Minn.||10-11:30 a.m. CT|
|Practice||Mariucci Arena||Minneapolis, Minn.||5-6 p.m. CT|
|Tues., Dec. 17||Practice||Mariucci Arena||Minneapolis, Minn.||10-11:30 a.m. CT|
|at Minnesota State University||Verizon Wireless Center||Mankato, Minn.||7:30 p.m. CT|
|Wed., Dec. 18||Practice||Mariucci Arena||Minneapolis, Minn.||9:30-10:30 a.m. CT|
|Fri., Dec. 20||vs. Sweden||Lindab Arena||Angelholm, Sweden||1:30 p.m. ET|
|Sun., Dec. 22||vs. Finland||Lindab Arena||Angelholm, Sweden||7:30 a.m. ET|