Seamus Malone of Naperville
Bobby Nardella of Rosemont
USA Hockey today unveiled the roster for its U.S. Junior Select Team that will compete in the 2014 World Junior A Challenge, Dec. 14-20, in Kindersley, Saskatchewan. The U.S. has won five of the last six tournaments (2008-10, 2012-13).
All selected players currently compete in the United States Hockey League, the only Tier I junior hockey league in the U.S.
The roster features four players that helped the U.S. win the 2013 World Junior A Challenge, including Kyle Connor (Shelby Township, Mich./Youngstown), Seamus Malone (Naperville, Ill./Dubuque), Andrew Oglevie (Fullerton, Calif./Cedar Rapids) and Neal Pionk (Hermantown, Minn./Sioux City).
In addition, four players were selected in the 2014 National Hockey League Entry Draft — Dakota Joshua (Dearborn, Mich./Sioux Falls/Toronto Maple Leafs/5th Round/128th overall); Shane Gersich(Chaska, Minn./Omaha/Washington Capitals/5th round/134th overall); Anthony Angello (Manlius, N.Y./Omaha/Pittsburgh Penguins/5th round/145th overall) and Hayden Hawkey (Parker, Colo./Omaha/Montreal Canadiens/6th round/177th overall).
Seventeen other players are eligible for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
Finally, Brock Boeser (Burnsville, Minn./Waterloo), Connor, Robby Jackson (Alameda, Calif./Chicago) and Tom Novak (River Falls, Wis./Waterloo) participated in the 2014 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, a showcase for players eligible for the upcoming NHL Entry Draft. Boeser, Jackson and Novak were also teammates in August as members of the U.S Under-18 Select Team that placed third in the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup, while Connor and Gersich were members of the 2014 U.S. Men’s Under-18 National Team that won gold at the 2014 IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship.