USA Hockey has announced their preliminary roster for the upcoming 2016 World Junior Championships, hosted this year by Finland.
This group of players will convene in Boston next week for a pre-tournament camp. The team will practice from December 15-18 at Boston University's Walter Brown Arena, then play an exhibition game the evening of the 18th against UMass at the Mullins Center in Amherst. From there, the team will travel to Helsinki for the tournament.
Team USA opens up tournament play the day after Christmas with a game against reigning gold medalist Canada.
Here is the roster of players that will eventually be cut down to 13 forwards, seven defensemen, and three goalies. Our reaction to some of the controversial omissions from the roster is here.