USA Hockey today announced the addition of defensemen Tyler Kleven (Fargo, N.D./University of North Dakota) and Hunter Skinner (Pinckney, Mich./London Knights) and goaltender Logan Stein (Suwanee, Ga./Ferris State University) to the preliminary roster for the 2021 U.S. National Junior Team to replace forward Robert Mastrosimone (East Islip, N.Y./Boston University), defenseman Alex Vlasic (Wilmette, Ill./Boston University) and goaltender Drew Commesso (Norwell, Mass./Boston University), who are not available to participate.
The U.S. begins a week-long camp today at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich., in preparation for the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship, set for Dec. 25-Jan. 6 in Edmonton, Alberta. The 29 players participating in the camp include 10 who played on the 2020 U.S. National Junior Team.
The final 25-player U.S. roster will be announced on Dec. 13 prior to the U.S. departing for Edmonton.
“It’s certainly heartbreaking for Robert, Alex and Drew to not have the chance to make our team and we feel for them,” said John Vanbiesbrouck, general manager of the 2021 U.S. National Junior Team and also the assistant executive director of hockey operations for the USA Hockey. “But it’s great to have the depth we do and we’re pleased to welcome Tyler, Hunter and Logan. We’re excited to get our camp underway and continue to work with our medical staff, the IIHF and the government of Alberta to help provide the safest possible environment for everyone associated with our team.”
NHL Network is the exclusive home of the IIHF World Junior Championship and will televise every Team USA game, in addition to a full slate of preliminary round, quarterfinal, semifinal and medal round games.
NOTES: The U.S. training camp in Plymouth is closed to the public … Nate Leaman (Providence, Rhode Island) is the head coach of the 2021 U.S. National Junior Team with Ted Donato (Cambridge, Massachusetts), Kris Mayotte (Ann Arbor, Michigan), and Steve Miller (Columbus, Ohio) serving as assistant coaches, and Theresa Feaster (Providence, R.I.) as video coach … The United States enters the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship seeking its fifth medal in six years after earning a record four consecutive medals: gold in 2017, silver in 2019, and bronze in both 2018 and 2016 … Team USA will play its preliminary games against Group B opponents Austria, Czech Republic, Russia and Sweden … For more information about the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship click here.