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McAvoy, van Riemsdyk Added to 2017 U.S. Men's National Team

By USA Hockey, 04/26/17, 2:30PM EDT


Roster Now Includes 22 Players

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Defensemen Charlie McAvoy (Long Beach, N.Y./Boston Bruins) and Trevor van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J./Chicago Blackhawks) have 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.

McAvoy will be making his U.S. Men’s National Team debut while representing Team USA for the fourth time in IIHF world-championship play. He most recently served as an alternate captain for the gold medal-winning 2017 U.S. National Junior Team at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship in Montreal and Toronto, Canada, where he was named to the Media All-Star Team. He also won gold with the 2015 U.S. Men’s National Under-18 Team at the IIHF Men’s Under-18 World Championship in Zug and Lucerne, Switzerland, before earning a bronze medal with the 2016 U.S. National Junior Team in Helsinki, Finland.After tallying 26 points (5-21) in 38 games and earning All-America honors at Boston University, McAvoy made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut for the Boston Bruins on April 12. He went on to add three assists in six playoff games for Boston.

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This will mark the first time that van Riemsdyk will represent Team USA in IIHF world-championship play. He just completed his third season with the Chicago Blackhawks, in which he amassed a career-high 16 points (5-11) along with a plus-17 rating in 58 games. He has skated in 173 combined regular season and playoff games for the Blackhawks since signing with the club in March 2014.

Before joining Chicago, van Riemsdyk skated three seasons (2011-14) with the University of New Hampshire, where he was named First-Team All-America in 2013. Overall, he totaled 75 points (16-59) while skating in 102 games for the Wildcats in his three collegiate seasons.

The U.S. Men’s National Team now includes 12 forwards, seven defensemen and three goaltenders.

NOTES: Jeff Blashill (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich./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./Quinnipiac University) 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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