The U.S. Youth Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team will begin competition at the 2016 Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway, at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 13, when it takes on Finland. The U.S. will compete against Canada, Finland, Norway and Russia in the event, which runs from Feb. 12-21.
The 17-player U.S. roster, which includes the Chicago Mission’s Jacob Pivonka (Woodridge, IL), is made up of nine forwards, six defenseman and two goaltenders, all of whom were selected to participate in the USA Hockey Select 15 Player Development Camp from July 15-21 in Williamsville, New York. For a complete Team USA roster, click here.
Notes: For more information on the U.S. Youth Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team, click here. Follow all U.S. Games during the Winter Youth Olympic Games via Twitter by following @USAHockey and@USAHockeyScores, and join the conversation using #Lillehammer2016. Scott Paluch (Bowling Green, Ohio) is the head coach of the U.S. Youth Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team with J.D. Forrest (Auburn, N.Y.) serving as assistant coach. In the first-ever Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2012, the U.S. Youth Olympics Men’s Ice Hockey Team finished fourth. Created by the International Olympic Committee, the Youth Olympic games bring youth athletes from around the world together through sports and the Olympic values of excellence, respect and friendship.