California connections aplenty with 2021 U.S. World Junior Team
USA Hockey on Saturday named 25 players to the 2021 U.S. National Junior Team set to compete in the 2021 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship from Dec. 25, 2020-Jan. 5, 2021, in Edmonton, Alberta.
The roster features four California natives in goaltender Dustin Wolf (Tustin), defenseman Cam York (Anaheim) and Ryan Johnson (Irvine) and forward Brendan Brisson (Manhattan Beach). In addition, defensemen Drew Helleson and Jackson LaCombe played youth hockey for short stints in California.
“Our players and staff have done everything we’ve asked of them, all of the safety protocols and considerations, in order to make hockey the focus of our training camp,” 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 had a great week of camp and we have certainly faced adversity, but we believe in these 25 players and we all have the same goal.”
The roster is comprised of players born in 2001 or later, coming from 17 different states.
Team USA will face Russia in its first preliminary matchup Dec. 25 at Rogers Place with opening faceoff set for 7:30 p.m. local time/9:30 p.m. ET. In its 13th year televising the tournament, NHL Network will provide live game telecasts of all U.S. games, including the team’s two pre-tournament matchups, plus comprehensive previews, highlights, analysis and interviews within its studio programming.
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(Dec. 13, 2020)