USA Hockey Announces World U-18 Championships Roster

Minnesota recruit Jack Glover will lead the US blue line - Shaun Botterill

The US will look for their 11th straight medal and fifth goal medal in six years at this year's World U18s.

USA Hockey announced the roster for the team that will compete at this year's IIHF World U18 Championship, held this year Lappeenranta and Imatra, Finland April 17-27th.

USA Hockey usually selects a roster largely comprised of their NTDP U18 team, with a few call-ups from the NTDP U17 and the occasional talented player from outside of the program whose season has already ended mixed in.  That's the case this year with Noah Hanifin and Auston Matthews joining the team from the U17 program and Plymouth Whalers(OHL) goalie Alex Nedeljkovic and Youngstown Phantoms(USHL) forward Kyle Connor joining the team.

Traditionally, the US has fared very well in this tournament. They've earned a medal in each of the past 10 tournaments. Last year's silver medal snapped a streak of four straight gold medals for the Americans. They are at a bit of advantage in that the core of their team plays together all year with the NTDP U18 team while other countries send what are essentially all-star teams formed just for the tournament. It should also be noted that Canadian players still playing in the CHL playoffs are not released for this tournament, so many of Canada's best won't be available.

Here's the full roster:

Ht (cm)
Wt (kg)
29 Edwin Minney 6-4 (193) 189 (86) 3/29/96 Right Wind Gap, Pa.
30 Alex Nedeljkovic 6-0 (183) 182 (83) 1/7/96 Right Parma, Ohio
24 Louie Belpedio 5-10 (178) 193 (88) 5/14/96 Right Skokie, Ill.
6 Ryan Collins 6-4 (193) 204 (93) 5/6/96 Right Bloomington, Minn.
2 Jack Dougherty 6-0 (183) 185 (84) 5/25/96 Right Cottage Grove, Minn.
5 Brandon Fortunato 5-9 (175) 144 (65) 6/7/96 Left North Hills, N.Y.
8 Jack Glover 6-3 (191) 192 (87) 5/17/96 Right Golden Valley, Minn.
20 Noah Hanifin 6-2 (188) 201 (91) 1/25/97 Left Norwood, Mass.
16 Johnathan MacLeod 6-1 (185) 198 (90) 6/2/96 Right Dracut, Mass.
7 Anders Bjork 5-11 (180) 182 (83) 8/5/96 Left Mequon, Wis.
25 Kyle Connor 6-1 (185) 170 (77) 12/9/96 Left Shelby Township, Mich.
11 Jack Eichel 6-1 (185) 191 (87) 10/28/96 Right North Chelmsford, Mass.
22 Jared Fiegl 6-1 (185) 208 (94) 1/23/96 Left Parker, Colo.
9 Shane Gersich 5-10 (178) 176 (80) 7/10/96 Left Chaska, Minn.
21 Ryan Hitchcock 5-9 (175) 171 (78) 3/30/96 Left Manhasset, N.Y.
19 Dylan Larkin 6-0 (183) 192 (87) 7/30/96 Left Waterford, Mich.
12 Auston Matthews 6-0 (183) 199 (90) 9/17/97 Left Scottsdale, Ariz.
27 Sonny Milano 5-11 (180) 185 (84) 5/12/96 Left Massapequa, N.Y.
14 Dylan Pavelek 5-11 (180) 191 (87) 1/16/96 Right Marysville, Mich.
18 Nolan Stevens 6-2 (188) 183 (83) 7/22/96 Left Manhattan Beach, Calif.
17 Alex Tuch 6-3 (191) 215 (98) 5/10/96 Right Baldwinsville, N.Y.
10 Joe Wegwerth 6-3 (191) 230 (104) 6/16/96 Left Brewster, N.Y.
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