The United States faces Finland tonight at Isku Arena in Lahti, Finland as part of its final preparation for the 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship.
BOSTON TRAINING CAMP
The United States began a journey with 28 players vying for a spot on the 2016 U.S. National Junior Team the night of Dec. 14 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in the Boston area with team meeting. The U.S. had a camp at Boston University from Dec. 15-18 that culminated with a 4-0 victory over UMAss in a pre-tournament game at Mullins Center in Amherst, Massachusetts on Dec. 18. The U.S. then moved to Vierumaki, Finland, on Dec. 19 where it continued preparation for the IIHF World Junior Championship through noon on Dec. 24.
U.S. HOCKEY HALL OF FAME INDUCTION
The team attended the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction at the Renaissance Waterfront Hotel the night of Dec. 18 where Ron DeGregorio, Chris Drury, Angela Ruggiero and Mathieu Schneider were inducted as the Class of 2015.
RETURN TO HELSINKI
The 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship will mark the first time Team USA will return to Helsinki since winning its first-ever gold medal on the world junior championship level in 2004. The core of that team included current NHL stars Ryan Kesler, Zach Parise, Drew Stafford and Ryan Suter. Parise, whose 11 points led the tournament, joined U.S. goaltender Al Montoya on the tournament all-star team and took home the awards for best forward and tournament MVP.
|Date||Opponent||Location||Result||U.S. Player of the Game|
|Sat., Dec. 26||Canada||Helsinki Ice Hall||W, 4-2||Colin White|
|Mon., Dec. 28||Sweden||Helsinki Ice Hall||L, 0-1||Zach Werenski|
|Wed., Dec. 30||Switzerland||Helsinki Ice Hall||W, 10-1||Auston Matthews|
|Thu., Dec. 31||Denmark||Helsinki Ice Hall||W, 4-1||Brandon Carlo|
|Sat., Jan. 2||Czech Republic
|Helsinki Ice Hall||W, 7-0||Nick Schmaltz|
|Mon., Jan. 4||Russia
|Hartwall Arena||L, 1-2||Christian Dvorak|
|Tues. , Jan. 5||Sweden
Bronze Medal Game
|Hartwall Arena||W, 8-3||Anders Bjork|