COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Defenseman Noah Hanifin (Carolina Hurricanes) and forward Clayton Keller (Arizona Coyotes) have been added to the roster of the U.S. Men’s National Team that will compete at the 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship May 5-21 in Cologne, Germany, and Paris, France.
Hanifin will be representing the U.S. for the fourth time in IIHF World Championship play. In addition to playing in last year’s IIHF Men’s World Championship in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, Hanifin won gold with the U.S. Men’s National Under-18 Team at the 2014 IIHF Under-18 World Championship in Lappeenranta and Imatra, Finland. He was also a member of the 2015 U.S. National Junior Team that competed in the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship in Toronto and Montreal, Canada.
The Norwood, Mass., native has tallied 51 points (8-43) in 160 games over two seasons with the Carolina Hurricanes. Before joining Carolina, Hanifin played one season with Boston College, amassing five goals and 18 assists in 37 games. He also played one season (2013-14) with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, where he captained the U.S. National Under-17 Team and collected 33 points (8-25) in 45 games.
This will be the fourth time that Keller will represent Team USA. He most recently tallied 11 points (3-8) while helping lead the 2017 U.S. National Junior Team to a gold medal at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship in Toronto and Montreal, Canada. He also won gold as a member of the 2015 U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team at the 2015 IIHF Under-18 World Championship in Zug and Lucerne, Switzerland, and earned a bronze medal a year later at the same event in Grand Forks, N.D.
Keller, who signed with the Arizona Coyotes following his college season at Boston University, made his NHL debut on March 27 against St. Louis and played in three games with two assists. At BU, the Swansea, Ill., native appeared in 32 games in 2016-17, totaling team-highs in points (45), goals (21) and plus-minus (+15) en route to being named Hockey East Rookie of the Year and a Hockey East Second-Team selection.
The U.S. Men’s National Team now includes nine forwards, five defensemen and three goaltenders.
|Date||Opponent||Round||Time (ET)/Result||U.S. Player of Game|
|Fri., March 31||Canada||Preliminary||W, 2-0||Nicole Hensley|
|Sat., April 1||Russia||Preliminary||W, 7-0||Kendall Coyne|
|Mon., April 3||Finland||Preliminary||W, 5-3||Hannah Brandt|
|Thurs., April 6||Germany||Semifinal||W, 11-0||Kendall Coyne|
|Fri., April 7||Canada||Gold-Medal Game||W, 3-2 OT||Kacey Bellamy|
NOTES: Jeff Blashill (Detroit Red Wings) is serving as the head coach of the 2017 U.S. Men’s National Team alongside assistant coaches Jack Capuano (Cranston, R.I.), Rand Pecknold (Bedford, N.H.) and Seth Appert (Cottage Grove, Minn.) … The staff and players of the 2017 U.S. Men's National Team are selected by the U.S. Men's National Team Advisory Group, led by Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. Other members include Stan Bowman (Chicago Blackhawks), Dean Lombardi (USA Hockey), David Poile (Nashville Predators), Ray Shero (New Jersey Devils), Dale Tallon (Florida Panthers) and Don Waddell (Carolina Hurricanes). In addition, Chris Drury (New York Rangers) and Bill Guerin (Pittsburgh Penguins) are serving as part of the management group for the 2017 U.S. Men's National Team ... For complete coverage of the U.S. Men’s National Team throughout the tournament, visit teamusa.usahockey.com … The official online home of the 2017 IIHF Men’s World Championship is IIHFWorlds2017.com … Both Bill Guerin and Chris Drury are members of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame ... The U.S. has finished in the top four of the world championship in three of the last four years, a stretch that has only been equaled once in American history (1931-34) ... USA Hockey's international council, chaired by Gavin Regan (Potsdam, N.Y.), has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. national teams.