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USA Hockey unveils initial roster to defend World Junior Championship gold

As reigning gold medalists, the US already carries excessive expectations into this 12 months’s IIHF Below-20 World Hockey Championship, higher often called the World Junior Championship. However defending the title on residence ice comes with an added stress.

USA Hockey on Tuesday launched its 28-player preliminary roster for the return to U.S. soil of the world’s premier under-20 hockey match, performed Dec. 26-Jan. 6 in Buffalo, N.Y.

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In 2011, the final time the occasion was staged within the U.S., the Individuals settled for bronze. They’ve captured a pair of gold medals since (2013, 2017) and a bronze (2016) since then, sprinkled round medal-less disappointments. However the expertise stage on this 12 months’s roster, together with seven holdovers from 2017, has Group USA properly positioned for medal competition. 

Amongst them are first-round NHL draft picks Logan Brown (11th total, 2016), Kieffer Bellows (19th total, 2016), Casey Mittelstadt (eighth total, 2017), Kailer Yamamoto (22nd total, 2017) and Jake Oettinger (26th total, 2017). Additionally within the group are 2018 draft eligibles Brady Tkachuk and Quinn Hughes, each projected as excessive first-round picks.

The group is auditioning for a spot on the ultimate 23-man roster, which will likely be finalized Dec. 23. 

The whole roster is listed beneath.

Joey Anderson (Roseville, Minn./College of Minnesota Duluth)
Kieffer Bellows (Edina, Minn./Portland Winterhawks)
Patrick Harper (New Canaan, Conn./Boston College)
Brady Tkachuk (St. Louis, Mo./Boston College)
Josh Norris (Oxford, Mich./College of Michigan)
Ryan Poehling (Lakeville, Minn./St. Cloud State College)
Logan Brown (St. Louis, Mo./Windsor Spitfires)
Trent Frederic (St. Louis, Mo./College of Wisconsin)
Casey Mittelstadt (Eden Prairie, Minn./College of Minnesota)
Will Lockwood (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./College of Michigan)
Kailer Yamamoto (Spokane, Wash./Spokane Chiefs)
Jack Badini (Outdated Greenwich, Conn./Chicago Metal)
Patrick Harper (New Canaan, Conn./Boston College)
Max Jones (Rochester, Mich./London Knights)
Hugh McGing (Chicago, Unwell./Western Michigan College)
Riley Tufte (Ham Lake, Minn./College of Minnesota Duluth

Adam Fox (Jericho, N.Y./Harvard College)
Ryan Lindgren (Minneapolis, Minn./College of Minnesota)
Quinn Hughes (Orlando, Fla./College of Michigan)
Phil Kemp (Greenwich, Conn./Yale College)
Mikey Anderson​ (Roseville, Minn./College of Minnesota Duluth)
Cole Hults (Stoughton, Wis./Penn State College)
Andrew Peeke (Parkland, Fla./College of Notre Dame)
Scott Perunovich (Hibbing, Minn./College of Minnesota Duluth)
Dylan Samberg (Hermantown, Minn./ College of Minnesota Duluth)
Reilly Walsh (North Falmouth, Mass./Harvard College)

Jake Oettinger (Lakeville, Minn./Boston College)
Joseph Woll (St. Louis, Mo./Boston Faculty)
Jeremy Swayman (Anchorage, Alaska/College of Maine)

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