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2014 U.S. Junior Select Team Announced

11/12/2014
By USAHockey.com

Team Will Compete in 2014 World Junior A Challenge, Dec. 14-20

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.

Team USA’s first tournament game takes place Monday, Dec. 15, against Switzerland. To see the complete schedule and for full Team USA coverage, click here. All tournament games will be streamed on FASTHockey.com.

Notes: The roster announced today includes 21 players. The final roster will include one additional goaltender, with that announcement coming in the near future … Jay Varady is the head coach for the 2014 U.S. Junior Select Team. He is in his second season as head coach and director of hockey operations for the Sioux City Musketeers … Omaha Lancers’ second-year head coach and general manager, Brian Kaufman, and Madison Capitols’ assistant general manager and associate head coach, Keith Paulsen, are assistant coaches … Phil Faught (Fargo Force) Jason Smits (Muskegon Lumberjacks) are the team’s athletic trainer and equipment manager, while Dr. Alan Ashare will serve as the team physician … Nine USHL clubs are represented on the roster. The Cedar Rapids RoughRiders and Waterloo Black Hawks lead the way with four players each … Ten states are represented on the roster. Minnesota boasts the most representatives with nine, while California, Illinois and Michigan each have two. Colorado, Massachusetts, New York, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin have one apiece … The World Junior A Challenge is in its ninth year, and the United States is competing for the eighth time. Team USA has won five of the last six tournaments (2008-10, 2012-13) … The 2014 field includes Canada East, Canada West, Denmark, Russia, Switzerland and the United States … The official tournament website is available here.

Forwards

No.

First

Last Name

Ht

Wt

S/C

Birthdate

Hometown

2014-15 Team

College Commitment

NHL Draft Rights

7 Dylan Gambrell 6-0 183 R 8/26/96 Bonney Lake, Wash. Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL) University of Denver (NCHC) 2015 Draft Eligible
9 Seamus Malone 5-10 183 L 5/6/96 Naperville, Ill. Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL) University of Wisconsin (Big Ten) 2015 Draft Eligible
10 Andrew Oglevie 5-9 176 R 2/16/95 Fullerton, Calif. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL) University of Notre Dame (HEA) 2015 Draft Eligible
12 Brock Boeser 6-1 192 R 2/25/97 Burnsville, Minn. Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL) University of Wisconsin (Big Ten) 2015 Draft Eligible
14 Dakota Joshua 6-2 185 L 5/15/96 Dearborn, Mich. Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL) Ohio State Unversity (Big Ten) TOR (’14, 5th rd., 128th overall)
15 Thomas Novak 6-0 180 L 4/28/97 River Falls, Wis. Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL) University of Minnesota (Big Ten) 2015 Draft Eligible
16 Shane Gersich 5-11 180 L 7/10/96 Chaska, Minn. Omaha Lancers (USHL) University of North Dakota (NCHC) WSH (’14, 5th rd., 134th overall
17 Anthony Angello 6-5 195 R 3/6/96 Manlius, N.Y. Omaha Lancers (USHL) Cornell University (ECACH) PIT (’14, 5th rd., 145th overall)
18 Kyle Connor 6-1 170 L 12/9/96 Shelby Township, Mich. Youngstown Phantoms (USHL) University of Michigan (Big Ten) 2015 Draft Eligible
19 Joe Snively 5-8 154 L 1/1/96 Herndon, Va. Sioux City Musketeers (USHL) Yale University (ECACH) 2015 Draft Eligible
20 Adam Gaudette 6-0 167 R 10/3/96 Braintree, Mass. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL) Northeastern University (HEA) 2015 Draft Eligible
21 Robby Jackson 5-10 183 L 8/22/97 Alameda, Calif. Chicago Steel (USHL) St. Cloud State University (NCHC) 2015 Draft Eligible
22 Tyler Sheehy 5-10 183 R 11/20/95 Burnsville, Minn. Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL) University of Minnesota (Big Ten) 2015 Draft Eligible

Defensemen

No.

First

Last Name

Ht

Wt

S/C

Birthdate

Hometown

2014-15 Team

College Commitment

NHL Draft Rights

2 Mitch Reinke 5-10 168 R 2/4/96 Stillwater, Minn. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL) Michigan Tech University (WCHA) 2015 Draft Eligible
3 Ryan Zuhlsdorf 6-0 184 L 7/1/97 Edina, Minn. Sioux City Musketeers (USHL) University of Minnesota (Big Ten) 2015 Draft Eligible
4 Blake Hillman 6-1 182 L 1/26/96 Elk River, Minn. Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL) University of Denver (NCHC) 2015 Draft Eligible
5 Neal Pionk 5-11 170 R 7/29/95 Hermantown, Minn. Sioux City Musketeers (USHL) University of Minnesota Duluth (NCHC) 2015 Draft Eligible
6 Charles Curti 5-11 192 L 5/24/95 Mound, Minn. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL) Yale University (ECACH) 2015 Draft Eligible
11 Bobby Nardella 5-9 175 L 4/22/96 Rosemont, Ill. Tri-City Storm (USHL) University of Notre Dame (HEA) 2015 Draft Eligible
24 Hayden Shaw 5-10 180 L 6/5/96 Woodbury, Minn. Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL) University of North Dakota (NCHC) 2015 Draft Eligible

Goaltenders

No.

First

Last Name

Ht

Wt

S/C

Birthdate

Hometown

2014-15 Team

College Commitment

NHL Draft Rights

1 Hayden Hawkey 6-2 175 L 3/1/95 Parker, Colo. Omaha Lancers (USHL) Providence College (HEA) MTL (’14, 6th rd., 177th overall)

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