MUNICH, Germany – The U.S. Men’s National Team faces Germany here tonight in its lone pre-tournament game in advance of the 2023 IIHF Men’s World Championship, which begins Friday (May 12) in Tampere, Finland. Opening faceoff is set for 7:30 p.m. local/1:30 p.m. ET and fans can watch a stream of the game by clicking here.
“It will be good for us obviously to have a game ahead of starting the world championship,” said David Quinn, who is guiding the U.S. Men’s National Team for the second straight year and is also the head coach of the NHL’s San Jose Sharks. “We’ve had a few practices and we’ve liked what we’ve seen. We’ll use the game against Germany to help us solidify our lineup in advance of opening play in world championship.”
Team Germany has had its team together for approximately four weeks and has played six pre-tournament games to date. The U.S. started its preparation on Saturday and has practiced three times.
Team USA returns two players from its 2022 U.S. Men’s National team in forwards Sean Farrell and T.J. Tynan. The U.S. roster is highlighted Nick Bonino, who helped the Pittsburgh Penguins to a pair of Stanley Cup title and Alex Tuch, who recorded 36 goals and 73 points in 2022-23 for the Buffalo Sabres. Three Olympians also populate the U.S. roster including goaltender Drew Commesso, Farrell and defenseman Nick Perbix. Joining Commesso among Team USA’s three netminders are Casey DeSmith and Cal Petersen.
Team USA has finished in the top four of the world championship six times in the last nine years and has four bronze medals to its credit during that stretch.