Seven players with California connections named to preliminary U.S. World Junior roster
USA Hockey today named 29 players to the preliminary roster of its 2021 U.S. National Junior Team.
The group, which includes 10 members of the 2020 U.S. National Junior Team, will gather for a training camp at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich., starting Dec. 6.
Players are auditioning for a spot on the final 25-player roster that will represent the United States in the 2021 World Junior Championship set for Edmonton, Alberta, from Dec. 25, 2020-Jan. 5, 2021. The final roster will be announced on Dec. 13, prior to the team’s departure from Plymouth to Edmonton that day.
“We have a talented group and we’ll have some tough decisions to make,” said John Vanbiesbrouck, general manager of the 2021 U.S. National Junior Team and also the assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. “We continue to benefit from a deep player pool, and that’s credit to all of the organizations and volunteers developing the next wave of American talent.”
Of the 29 players, five are California natives (forwards Brendan Brisson/Manhattan Beach and Nick Robertson/Arcadia, defensemen Ryan Johnson/Irvine and Cam York/Anaheim and goalie Dustin Wolf/Tustin) and two more (Drew Helleson, Jackson LaCombe) played a season of youth hockey in California.
(Nov. 30, 2020)