Current NCAA players dominated the preliminary 27-man roster for the U.S. National Junior Team that will compete in the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5 in Toronto and Montreal.
Boston University had more players (seven) selected than any other Division I school, followed by Boston College with three skaters. Connecticut, Denver, Harvard, Michigan, Minnesota, Minnesota-Duluth, North Dakota, Ohio State, Providence, St. Cloud State and Wisconsin each had one player chosen. There were also four players picked from the Ontario Hockey League, and one apiece from the Western Hockey League and the American Hockey League.
The head coach for the U.S. this year is Bob Motzko (St. Cloud State), while his assistants include Greg Brown (Boston College), Grant Potulny (Minnesota), Kris Mayotte (Providence ) and Steve Miller (Air Force). The full American roster, which will be pared down to 23 players prior to the start of the tournament, can be found here.
The U.S. finished third in last year’s World Juniors in Helsinki, and last won World Junior gold in 2013 in Russia.