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U.S. Junior Select Team Begins Quest for World Junior A Challenge Title

By USA Hockey, 12/06/18, 9:45AM EST


Team USA has won the tournament in four of the last six years

The United States Junior Select Team begins its quest for a World Junior A Challenge title Sunday (Dec. 9) in Bonnyville, Alberta, when it faces Canada West at R.J. Lalonde Arena at 7 p.m. MT.

The World Junior A Challenge is an annual best-on-best tournament held in December showcasing international Junior A talent. Team USA's roster is comprised of 22 players that play in the United States Hockey League, the lone Tier I junior league in the U.S.

The five-team tournament -- which along with the U.S. and Canada West includes Canada East, the Czech Republic and Russia -- runs through Dec. 16.

Team USA will play a pre-tournament game on Friday (Dec. 7) against Canada East in preparation for the competition.

Team USA has won the World Junior A Challenge seven times in 12 appearances (2008-10, 2012-14, 2016) and finished among the top two in five of the past six years.

For complete 2018 World Junior A Challenge coverage from USA Hockey, click here.

Notes: Anthony Noreen (Kearney, Neb.) is the head coach of the U.S. Junior Select Team. Noreen is head coach of the USHL's Tri-City Storm. Mark Abalan (Sioux City, Iowa/Sioux City Musketeers), Shane Fukushima (Waterloo, Iowa/Waterloo Black Hawks) and David Wilkie (Omaha, Neb./Omaha Lancers) are serving as assistant coaches ... USA Hockey’s director of junior hockey Marc Boxer (Colorado Springs, Colo.) is serving as general manager … The 2018 field includes Canada East, Canada West, the Czech Republic, Russia and the United States ... HockeyTV is the streaming home of the World Junior A Challenge.

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