Team USA Looks for Fourth Straight Gold Medal at IIHF Men's World U18 Championship
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey today announced its 22-player roster for the U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team that will compete at the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Under-18 Championship from April 12-22, in Brno and Znojmo, Czech Republic.
Team USA will look to win its fourth consecutive gold medal in the event. The U.S. captured the world title a year ago in Dresden and Crimmitschau, Germany, as well as in 2010 in Minsk and Bobruisk, Belarus, and in 2009 in Fargo, N.D., and Moorhead, Minn.
Highlighting the roster are three returnees from last year's team, including forward Nicolas Kerdiles (Irvine, Calif.) and defensemen Seth Jones (Plano, Texas) and Jacob Trouba (Rochester, Mich.).
The U.S. roster has seven defensemen, including Will Butcher (Sun Prairie, Wis.), Connor Carrick (Orland Park, Ill.), Jones, Matt Grzelcyk (Charlestown, Mass.), Patrick Sieloff (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Brady Skjei (Lakeville, Minn.) and Trouba.
Kerdiles is among the group of 13 forwards, which also includes Riley Barber (Livonia, Mich.), J.T. Compher (Northbrook, Ill.), Andrew Copp (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Cameron Darcy (South Boston, Mass.), Thomas Di Pauli (Woodridge, Ill.), Ryan Hartman (West Dundee, Ill.), Matthew Lane (Rochester, N.Y.), Stefan Matteau (Chicago, Ill.), Daniel O'Regan (Needham, Mass.), Kyle Osterberg (Lakeville, Minn.), Quentin Shore (Denver, Colo.) and Frankie Vatrano (East Longmeadow, Mass.).
Backstopping Team USA will be goaltenders Collin Olson (Apple Valley, Minn.) and Jared Rutledge (Chicago, Ill.).
The U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team will play one pre-tournament game against Sweden on April 9 in Znojmo, Czech Republic, before opening tournament play on April 12 against Finland at Rondo Arena at 8 p.m. local time (2 p.m. EDT).
NOTES: The U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team will be led by Danton Cole, who is serving as head coach at his first IIHF Men's World Under-18 Championship. Cole is currently in his second season as head coach at USA Hockey's National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich. ... John Gruden, Mike Ayers and Tyler Eaves, all coaches with USA Hockey's NTDP, will serve as assistant coaches for Team USA ... Twenty-one players on the U.S. roster come from USA Hockey's NTDP ... The roster includes 20 players born in 1994 and two from the 1995 birth year. Forward J.T. Compher, born April 8, 1995, is Team USA's youngest player, while defenseman Matt Grzelcyk, born Jan. 5, 1994, is the oldest ... Nine different states are represented on the roster. Illinois leads the way with six skaters, while Massachusetts and Michigan have four each ... The U.S. enters the tournament having captured a record eight consecutive medals, including back-to-back gold medals in 2005-06, three straight gold medals from 2009-11, two silver medals (2004, 2007) and one bronze medal (2008). Team USA's six gold medals are the most of any country in IIHF Men's World Under-18 Championship history (event began in 1999). Team USA earned its first gold medal in 2002 ... The U.S. is in Group A with Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark and Finland. Group B consists of Germany, Latvia, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland ... Follow @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for live scoring updates during the tournament. Scores will be designated with #U18MWC ...
2012 U.S. National Under-18 Team Roster - IIHF Men's World Under-18 Championship
No. Name Ht (cm) Wt (kg) Birthdate S/C Hometown 2011-12 Team College Commit (verbal)
29 Collin Olson 6-3 (191) 199 (90) 4/4/94 L Apple Valley, Minn. U.S. National Under-18 Team Ohio State University (CCHA)
1 Jared Rutledge 5-11 (180) 170 (77) 4/18/94 L Chicago, Ill. U.S. National Under-18 Team University of Michigan (CCHA)
6 Will Butcher 5-10 (178) 198 (90) 1/6/95 L Sun Prairie, Wis. U.S. National Under-17 Team University of Denver (WCHA)
24 Connor Carrick 5-10 (178) 187 (85) 4/13/94 R Orland Park, Ill. U.S. National Under-18 Team University of Michigan (CCHA)
7 Matt Grzelcyk 5-9 (175) 170 (77) 1/5/94 L Charlestown, Mass. U.S. National Under-18 Team Boston University (HEA)
4 Seth Jones 6-3 (191) 201 (91) 10/3/94 R Plano, Texas U.S. National Under-18 Team
10 Patrick Sieloff 6-0 (183) 198 (90) 5/15/94 L Ann Arbor, Mich. U.S. National Under-18 Team Miami University (CCHA)
16 Brady Skjei 6-2 (188) 199 (90) 3/26/94 L Lakeville, Minn. U.S. National Under-18 Team University of Minnesota (WCHA)
8 Jacob Trouba 6-2 (188) 194 (88) 2/26/94 R Rochester, Mich. U.S. National Under-18 Team University of Michigan (CCHA)
22 Riley Barber 5-11 (180) 187 (85) 2/7/94 R Livonia, Mich. U.S. National Under-18 Team Miami University (CCHA)
11 J.T. Compher 5-10 (178) 172 (78) 4/8/95 R Northbrook, Ill. U.S. National Under-17 Team University of Michigan (CCHA)
26 Andrew Copp 6-0 (183) 198 (90) 7/8/94 L Ann Arbor, Mich. U.S. National Under-18 Team
19 Cameron Darcy 6-0 (183) 186 (84) 3/2/94 R South Boston, Mass. U.S. National Under-18 Team Northeastern University (HEA)
14 Thomas Di Pauli 5-11 (180) 180 (82) 4/29/94 L Woodridge, Ill. U.S. National Under-18 Team Univ. of Notre Dame (CCHA)
18 Ryan Hartman 5-11 (180) 179 (81) 9/20/94 R West Dundee, Ill. U.S. National Under-18 Team Miami University (CCHA)
17 Nicolas Kerdiles 6-1 (185) 198 (90) 1/11/94 L Irvine, Calif. U.S. National Under-18 Team University of Wisconsin (WCHA)
21 Matthew Lane 5-10 (178) 171 (78) 3/15/94 L Rochester, N.Y. U.S. National Under-18 Team Boston University (HEA)
23 Stefan Matteau 6-1 (185) 215 (98) 2/23/94 L Chicago, Ill. U.S. National Under-18 Team
15 Daniel O'Regan 5-9 (175) 165 (75) 1/30/94 R Needham, Mass. St. Sebastian's (Mass.) School Boston University (HEA)
9 Kyle Osterberg 5-7 (170) 175 (79) 9/5/94 L Lakeville, Minn. U.S. National Under-18 Team Minnesota-Duluth (WCHA)
27 Quentin Shore 6-0 (183) 192 (87) 5/25/94 R Denver, Colo. U.S. National Under-18 Team University of Denver (WCHA)
13 Frankie Vatrano 5-10 (178) 216 (98) 3/14/94 L E. Longmeadow, Mass. U.S. National Under-18 Team Boston College (HEA)
TEAM STAFF USA HOCKEY, INC.
Senior Director of Operations:
Scott Monaghan, Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J. President: Ron DeGregorio, Salem, N.H.
Danton Cole, Pontiac, Mich. Executive Director: Dave Ogrean, Colorado Springs, Colo.
John Gruden, Virginia, Minn. Asst. Executive Director, Hockey Operations: Jim Johannson, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Tyler Eaves, Queensbury, N.Y. Vice President and International Council Chairperson: Tony Rossi, Chicago, Ill.
Mike Ayers, Hingham, Mass. Chairman of the Board: Walter L. Bush, Jr., Naples, Fla.
Brock Bradley, West Stockholm, N.Y. Senior Director, Communications: Dave Fischer, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Dr. Doug Weiss, Claremont, N.H.
Andrew Baker, Menomonie, Wis.
Jake Wesolek, Saginaw, Mich.
Stephen Greenberg, West Tisbury, Mass.
Tim Taylor, Boston, Mass.