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Schmaltz Added to 2017 U.S. Men's National Team

By USA Hockey, 04/27/17, 11:00AM EDT


Roster Now Includes 23 Players

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Forward Nick Schmaltz (Madison, Wis./Chicago Blackhawks) 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.

This will be Schmaltz’s first appearance on a U.S. Men’s National Team and third time representing Team USA in IIHF world-championship play. He most recently was a member of the bronze medal-winning 2016 U.S. National Junior Team at the IIHF World Junior Championship in Helsinki, Finland, where he tallied eight points (2-6) in seven games. Schmaltz also played for the U.S. National Junior Team that competed in the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship in Montreal, Quebec, and Toronto, Ontario.

In 2016-17, Schmaltz collected 28 points (6-22) in 61 games in his first professional season with the Chicago Blackhawks. Before joining Chicago, he played two seasons (2014-16) at the University of North Dakota, where he helped lead the Fighting Hawks to the 2016 NCAA national championship with 11 goals and 35 assists in his sophomore campaign.

The U.S. Men’s National Team now includes 13 forwards, seven defensemen and three goaltenders.

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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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