COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey today announced the 22-player roster, which includes Illinois’ Clayton Keller (Swansea) and James Sanchez (Northbrook), for the U.S. Men’s National Under-18 Team that will compete at the 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Men’s World Championship from April 14-24, in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
The United States is featured in Group A along with Latvia, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland and will play its round-robin portion of the schedule at Ralph Engelstad Arena. Group B consists of Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland and Slovakia.
The U.S. seeks its third-straight gold medal in the event after capturing the tournament title last year in Zug and Lucerne, Switzerland. Team USA has earned 12 straight medals, including gold in six of the past seven tournaments. Overall, the U.S. boasts 14 medals at the IIHF U18 Men’s World Championship, the most of any country.
For complete tournament information, including how to purchase tickets, visit GrandForks2016.com … NHL Network will televise all U.S. games in the 2016 IIHF U18 Men’s World Championship. A final broadcast schedule will be released in the next week … FASTHockey.com will stream live all games of the 2016 IIHF U18 Men’s World Championship (geo-blocked where restricted by broadcast agreements) … The U.S. Men’s National Under-18 Team will be led by Danton Cole, serving as head coach at his third IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship. He previously led Team USA to gold-medal finishes in 2012 and 2014 in this event. Cole is currently in his sixth season as one of two head coaches at USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program in Plymouth, Michigan … Nineteen players on the U.S. roster come from USA Hockey’s NTDP. Three skaters hail from outside of the NTDP: Logan Brown played for the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League, Casey Mittelstadt suited up for Eden Prairie High School and Kailer Yamamoto was with the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League … All 22 players on Team USA’s roster were born in 1998. Forward Nick Pastujov (Jan. 21, 1998) is the oldest player on Team USA, while goaltender Jake Oettinger, born Dec. 18, 1998, is the youngest … Eleven different states are represented on the roster. Minnesota leads the way with six skaters, while Missouri and New York boast three each … The U.S. enters the tournament having captured a record 12-consecutive medals, including gold medals in six of the last seven years (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015) … Team USA has won nine gold medals all-time, the most of any country in IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship history. The event began in 1999. Team USA earned its first gold medal in 2002 … The U.S. will play in Group A alongside Latvia, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland … Follow @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for live scoring updates during the tournament. Scores will be designated with the #U18Worlds tag … For additional coverage, visit the NTDP Facebook page and follow @USAHockeyNTDP on Twitter … The U.S. National Under-18 Team trains with The Hockey IntelliGym, a software program that trains hockey sense. To learn more, visit USAHockeyIntelliGym.com.