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Bjork Named to 2017 U.S. Men's National Team

By USA Hockey, 04/17/17, 11:45AM EDT


Roster Now Includes 18 Players

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Forward Anders Bjork (Mequon, Wis./University of Notre Dame) has been added to the roster of the U.S. Men’s National Team that will compete at the 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship May 5-21 in Cologne, Germany, and Paris, France.

Bjork will be representing Team USA for the third time. He was previously a member of the 2016 U.S. National Junior Team that won a bronze medal at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship in Helsinki, Finland. Bjork’s tournament was highlighted by a two-goal performance and U.S. Player of the Game honors in the bronze-medal victory over Sweden. He also collected two goals in seven games as a member of the gold medal-winning U.S. Men’s National Under-18 Team at the 2014 IIHF Men’s Under-18 World Championship in Lappeenranta and Imatra, Finland.

Bjork recently completed his junior season at Notre Dame. He tallied 52 points (21-31) in 39 games en route to being named a second-team All-American, Top-10 Hobey Baker Memorial Award Finalist and First-Team All-Hockey East selection. He helped the Irish reach the NCAA Frozen Four with five points (2-3) at the NCAA Tournament’s Northeast Regional and was named the regional’s most outstanding player. Bjork has 109 points (40-69) in 115 career games at Notre Dame.

The U.S. Men’s National Team now includes 10 forwards, five defensemen and three goaltenders.

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NOTES: Jeff Blashill (Detroit Red Wings) is serving as the head coach of the 2017 U.S. Men’s National Team alongside assistant coaches Jack Capuano (Cranston, R.I.), Rand Pecknold(Bedford, N.H.) and Seth Appert (Cottage Grove, Minn.) … The staff and players of the 2017 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 (USA Hockey), 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) and Bill Guerin (Pittsburgh Penguins) are serving as part of the management group for the 2017 U.S. Men's National Team ... For complete coverage of the U.S. Men’s National Team throughout the tournament, visit … The official online home of the 2017 IIHF Men’s World Championship is … Both Bill Guerin and Chris Drury are members of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame ... The U.S. has finished in the top four of the world championship in three of the last four years, a stretch that has only been equaled once in American history (1931-34) ... USA Hockey's international council, chaired by Gavin Regan (Potsdam, N.Y.), has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. national teams.

May 2 Italy (exh.) W, 5-2 Agora Arena Milan, Italy
May 5 Germany L, 1-2 LANXESS Arena Cologne, Germany
May 7 Denmark W, 7-2 LANXESS Arena Cologne, Germany
May 8 Sweden W, 4-3 LANXESS Arena Cologne, Germany
May 10 Italy W, 3-0 LANXESS Arena Cologne, Germany
May 13 Latvia W, 5-3 LANXESS Arena Cologne, Germany
May 14 Slovakia W, 6-1 LANXESS Arena Cologne, Germany
May 16 Russia W, 5-3 LANXESS Arena Cologne, Germany
May 18 Finland (quarterfinal) L, 0-2 LANXESS Arena Cologne, Germany

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