2021 IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship to be played April 26-May 6 in Texas
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today the 25-player roster for the U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team that will compete at the upcoming 2021 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Men’s World Championship from April 26-May 6 in Frisco and Plano, Texas. The roster includes Illinois natives Sean Behrens (Barrington), Lane Hutson (Barrington) and Jack Devine (Glencoe).
The 10-nation championship is split into two groups for the preliminary round, which begins April 26. Team USA will play in Group B alongside Czech Republic, Finland, Germany and Russia with all games staged at Comercia Center in Frisco. Group A includes Belarus, Canada, Latvia, Sweden and Switzerland and they will play preliminary round games at Children’s Health StarCenter in Plano, Texas. Each site will host two quarterfinal games and the two semifinal games and bronze and gold-medal games will be hosted at Comerica Center.
The U.S. is in search of its 11th gold medal in tournament history after most recently claiming gold in 2017 in Poprad, Slovakia. Team USA has medaled in a record 16 consecutive tournaments, including six golds over the past 10 tournaments. The United States took home a bronze medal at the 2019 tournament in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden.
Team USA is led by head coach Dan Muse (Canton, Mass.), making his IIHF head coaching debut.
NOTES: Keith Allain (Worcester, Mass./Yale University), Mike Leone (Dearborn, Mich./NTDP), Greg Mauldin (Holliston, Mass./NTDP) and David Lassonde (Plymouth, N.H./NTDP) are serving as assistants to U.S. head coach Dan Muse for the 2021 IIHF U18 Men’s World Championship … The 2021 tournament marks the third time the U18 Men’s World Championship has been played in the United States after stops in Grand Forks (2016) and Fargo (2010) … HockeyTV.com is providing live streaming coverage of the entire 2021 IIHF U18 Men’s World Championship. All games will be available in the U.S. execpt those airing on NHL Network, which are expected to include the quarterfinal, semifinal and medal round games … For more information about the 2021 IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship, click here.