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21 USHL Players Selected to US World Junior A Challenge Squad

clayton phillips (Matt Christians) Matt Christians

USA Hockey announced their roster of 21 players that will compete in this year’s World Junior A Challenge, this year held in Bonnyville, Alberta December 11-17.

The roster is comprised entirely of players playing in the USHL this season, though one roster spot remains unfilled. It was rumored that the US was interested in adding Casey Mittelstadt, who was leading the USHL in scoring prior to returning to Eden Prairie for the Minnesota high school hockey season. That open spot could potentially go to Mittelstadt, though the date of the tournament would force him to miss up to four of Eden Prairie’s games, including some against top-ranked competition.

Here’s the roster the US will bring to the tournament:

FORWARDS Collin Adams F Brighton, Mich. 4/24/98 5-9 175 L Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL) University of North Dakota NYI (2016, 6th rd., 170 ovr.) Hank Crone F Cedar Hill, Texas 2/19/98 5-8 154 L Fargo Force (USHL) Boston University Paul Washe F Clarkston, Mich. 11/27/98 6-1 191 L Tri-City Storm (USHL) Western Michigan University 2017 NHL Draft Eligible Mick Messner F Madison, Wis. 4/20/99 6-0 195 L Madison Capitols (USHL) University of Wisconsin 2017 NHL Draft Eligible Blake Lizotte F Lindstrom, Minn. 12/13/97 5-7 155 L Fargo Force (USHL) St. Cloud State University Alex Limoges F Winchester, Va. 9/16/97 6-1 201 L Tri-City Storm (USHL) Cornell University Tarek Baker F Verona, Wis. 2/22/97 5-10 184 L Bloomington Thunder (USHL) University of Wisconsin Nick Swaney F Lakeville, Minn. 9/9/97 5-10 175 R Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL) University of Minnesota Duluth Brannon McManus F Huntington Beach, Calif. 9/5/99 5-9 181 R Omaha Lancers (USHL) University of Minnesota 2017 NHL Draft Eligible Ethen Frank F Papillion, Neb. 2/5/98 5-10 178 R Lincoln Stars (USHL) Western Michigan University Isaac Johnson F Andover, Minn. 1/24/99 6-2 177 R Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL) 2017 NHL Draft Eligible Zach Solow F Naples. Fla. 11/6/98 5-9 180 R Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL) Northeastern University 2017 NHL Draft Eligible DEFENSEMEN Matt Hellickson D St. Louis Park, Minn. 3/21/98 6-0 187 L Sioux City Musketeers (USHL) University of Notre Dame Mikey Anderson D Roseville, Minn. 5/25/99 6-0 196 L Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL) University of Minnesota Duluth 2017 NHL Draft Eligible Wyatt Aamodt D Hermantown, Minn. 11/22/97 5-11 206 L Chicago Steel (USHL) Minnesota State University Jake Ryczek D Ludlow, Mass. 3/19/98 5-10 179 R Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL) Providence College CHI (2016, 7th rd., 203 ovr.) Alex Green D Chicago, Ill. 6/18/98 6-2 177 R Lincoln Stars (USHL) Cornell University Matt Kiersted D Elk River, Minn. 4/14/98 5-11 184 L Chicago Steel (USHL) University of North Dakota Clayton Phillips D Edina, Minn. 9/9/99 5-11 170 L Fargo Force (USHL) University of Minnesota 2017 NHL Draft Eligible GOALTENDERS Cayden Primeau G Voorhees, N.J. 8/11/99 6-3 179 R Lincoln Stars (USHL) Northeastern University 2017 NHL Draft Eligible Dayton Rasmussen G Eden Prairie, Minn. 11/4/98 6-2 200 L Tri-City Storm (USHL) University of Denver 2017 NHL Draft Eligible