TORONTO – USA Hockey today announced the final 23-player roster for the 2017 U.S. National Junior Team that will compete in the 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in Montreal and Toronto, Canada, from Dec. 26, 2016 through Jan. 5, 2017.
"We're excited about this group of players and the way in which they will maximize the style of hockey that head coach Bob Motzko wants the team to play," said Jim Johannson, general manager of the 2017 U.S. National Junior Team and assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. "The talent level in the United States is among the best in the world and the difficulty we had identifying this year's roster speaks to that. These players earned their way on to this roster and we're looking forward to the tournament getting underway."
The final roster features three goaltenders, seven defensemen and 13 forwards. Of the 23 players named to the roster, 15 have previously represented the United States in IIHF tournament play, including two who skated for the bronze medal-winning 2016 U.S. National Junior Team last year. In total, 11 players helped the U.S. earn a gold medal as a member of the 2015 U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team and seven players skated for the 2016 U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team that earned a bronze medal last year.
Forward Luke Kunin (Chesterfield, Mo./University of Wisconsin) is the captain of the 2017 U.S. National Junior Team, with 2016 U.S. National Junior Team returnees forward Colin White (Hanover, Mass./Boston College) and defenseman Charlie McAvoy (Long Beach, N.Y./Boston University) serving as alternate captains.
Team USA will begin play in the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship next Monday, Dec. 26, against Latvia. Puck drop is set for 3:30 p.m. ET and can be seen live on NHL Network.
NOTES: Use the hashtag #USAWJC on Twitter to join the conversation about the 2017 U.S. National Junior Team ... At the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, the U.S. will compete in a group with Canada, Latvia, Russia and Slovakia. All U.S. games will be broadcast live on NHL Network.