The USHL is on a role with their players being recognized as not only some of the top players in the NHL but now USHL alumni will be on multiple countries teams for the World Cup next year.
This tournament will begin in Toronto in the middle of September with 16-man rosters. Team North America will compete as the top 23 and under players from the US and Canada and will compete against Team Europe. This allows some of the more junior players to partake at a level that they will be more likely to succeed at while still gaining valuable experience by playing with those overseas.
Players on Team North America will include USHL alumni John Gibson, Seth Jones, Jack Eichel, Johnny Gaudreau, Dylan Larkin, JT Miller, and Brandon Saad. One player, Thomas Vanek, will play for Team Europe in the younger division.
The other USHL alumni playing for various countries are Martin Hanzal, John Carlson, Justin Abdelkader, Ryan Kesler, TJ Oshie, Joe Pavelski, and Blake Wheeler.
The World Cup will be yet another opportunity for the USHL to shine by having 15 players represent them throughout the world. USHL players are of a different strain because they are trained differently than other leagues. The players have an edge over typical junior players and hopefully that will shine through in the international tournament.
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