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Glendening, Larkin, Skjei Added to 2016 U.S. Men's Nat'l Team

By USA Hockey, 04/25/16, 2:15PM EDT


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Forwards Luke Glendening (Grand Rapids, Mich./Detroit Red Wings/Univ. of Michigan) and Dylan Larkin (Waterford, Mich./Detroit Red Wings/Univ. of Michigan) and defenseman Brady Skjei (Lakeville, Minn./New York Rangers/Univ. of Minnesota) have been added to the 2016 U.S. Men's National Team that will compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship May 6-22 in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia.

This event will be Glendening's first time representing the United States in international competition. Glendening, who helped the Grand Rapids Griffins claim the 2013 AHL Calder Cup, recently completed his third season with the Detroit Red Wings.

Larkin, who also spent the 2015-16 season with the Red Wings, will represent the U.S. for the fourth time after most recently helping the U.S. to a bronze medal at the 2015 IIHF Men's World Championship in Ostrava and Prague, Czech Republic. A 2015 U.S. National Junior Team member and gold medalist with the 2014 U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team, Larkin has collected 12 points (7-5) in 21 IIHF games for the United States.

This is the third time Skjei will be representing the United States. A member of the New York Rangers this past season, Skjei helped the U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team claim gold at the 2012 IIHF Men's Under-18 World Championship in Helsinki, Finland, and Stockholm, Sweden, and also was a member of the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team.

The U.S. Men's National Team now includes 11 forwards, six defensemen and three goaltenders. For Team USA's updated roster, click here.

NOTES: Dylan Larkin and Brady Skjei, both alumni of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, recently completed their first full professional seasons ... Larkin finished the 2015-16 season third among NHL rookies in goals (23) and sixth in points (45); was named to his first NHL All-Star Game; and became the first rookie to lead the Red Wings in goals in over 30 seasons ... Both Larkin and Brady Skjei spent the 2014-15 season playing collegiately in the Big Ten Conference, where Larkin and the University of Michigan Wolverines met Skjei and the University of Minnesota Gophers in the Big Ten Tournament championship game. The Gophers claimed the title, 4-2 ... Luke Glendening was a two-time captain at the University of Michigan where he played for four seasons (2008-12) ... John Hynes (New Jersey Devils) is serving as head coach of the 2016 U.S. Men's National Team ... Of the current 20 players on the U.S. Men's National Team roster, 13 are alumni of the United States Hockey League, the only Tier I junior league in the United States; five spent time in the North American Hockey League, the only Tier II junior league in the U.S.; 16 have competed at the NCAA Division I level; and 12 played for USA Hockey's National Team Development Program ... The staff and players of the 2016 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 (Los Angeles Kings), 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) will serve as a member of the management group for the 2016 U.S. Men's National Team ... For more information about the 2016 U.S. Men's National Team, click here ... The 2016 IIHF Men's World Championship will include teams from 16 nations, split into two groups of eight. Teams will play a round-robin format within their group and the top four teams from each group will advance to the quarterfinals. The U.S. will play its seven preliminary round games in St. Petersburg at Yubileiny Arena … USA Hockey's international council, chaired by Gavin Regan (Potsdam, N.Y.), has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. national teams.

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