The 2021 World Junior Championships are set to take place next month in Edmonton, Alberta, and Team USA is starting to take shape. USA Hockey has released a preliminary roster of tournaments consisting of 29 players participating in a selection camp in Plymouth, Michigan from December 6th. The final roster will be announced on December 13.
Among the 17 forwards is Thomas Boldero, a San Jose Sharks 2020 draft topic. An 18-year-old boy from Houston, Texas, was selected for the second round (38th overall) from the US National Team Development Program this October. Since then, he has participated in the University of Michigan Wolverines Hockey Program, scoring 2 goals and 5 assists in 6 games so far. He is currently second on the team in points behind fellow freshman Kent Johnson.
“We have a talented group and we have to make difficult decisions,” said John Van Beesbrook, general manager of the 2021 US National Junior Team and assistant executive director of hockey operations in USA Hockey. Said in the release. “We continue to benefit from a deep player pool, which is the credit of all organizations and volunteers developing the next wave of American talent.”
14 different states appear on the preliminary roster, and 26 of the 29 players have college hockey experience. Four cuts are required before the “Bubble Style” tournament in Edmonton from December 25, 2020 to January 5, 2021.
Last year, Team USA finished in 6th place after four years of top three performances. They finally won the gold medal at World Junior in 2017 and also won the gold medal in 2004, 2010 and 2013.
Here is the complete selection camp roster:
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