Half dozen California connections named to U.S. National Inline Team
USA Hockey announced on June 19 the roster for its U.S. National Inline Team that will compete at the upcoming 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Inline Hockey World Championship from June 25-July 1 in Bratislava, Slovakia.
The U.S. has medaled in five of the last seven tournaments, including winning gold at the 2013 IIHF Inline Hockey World Championship in Dresden, Germany.
“We have a great mix of solid offensive players who should provide us with the ability to be very successful in Bratislava this year,” said Dan Brennan, general manager of the U.S. National Inline Team. “We also have a group of new players this year who are very excited to get started as we go overseas seeking a gold medal.”
The roster is highlighted by five California natives – goaltender Troy Redmann (Brea), defensemen Nielsson Arcibal (Vista) and Derrick Burnett (Corona) and forwards Travis Noe (Thousand Oaks) and Matt White (Whittier).
Team USA opens play against host Slovakia on Sunday, June 25 at 12 p.m. ET at Ondrej Nepela Arena.
Former U.S. National Inline Team member Joe Cook (Mission Viejo) is the head coach of the 2017 U.S. National Inline Team, marking the seventh time he has served as head coach of a U.S. National Inline Team.
The U.S. has medaled in all but five of the 19 IIHF Inline World Championships previously staged, including six gold medals (1996, 1997, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2013), four silver medals (1998, 2001, 2009, 2011) and four bronze medals (2000, 2003, 2005, 2014). There was no tournament held in 1999 or 2016.