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POSTED ON Wednesday, 12.25.2013 / 2:55 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

U.S. makes final cut for 2014 World Juniors

The final roster for the United States National Junior Team that will compete in the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden, was finalized Wednesday with the release of University of Michigan forward Tyler Motte.

Motte, a 2013 fourth-round pick (No. 121) of the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2013 NHL Draft, has five goals and eight points in 14 games this season.

The U.S. National Junior Team roster consists of 13 forwards, seven defensemen and three goalies. The defending gold medalists will open preliminary-round play in the tournament Thursday against the Czech Republic (11:30 a.m. ET, NHLN-US, NHL.com.

Miami University forward Riley Barber (Washington Capitals) will serve as captain, with University of Michigan forward Andrew Copp (Winnipeg Jets) and Boston University defenseman Matthew Grzelcyk (Boston Bruins) are the alternates.

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POSTED ON Monday, 12.23.2013 / 3:34 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic blog

Maple Leafs' Reimer has new mask ready to go

Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer is gearing up for the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on New Year's Day.

In addition to sporting a brand new pair of goalie pads created by Bauer that he's been breaking in at selected practices, the 25-year-old Reimer will also be wearing a new mask especially made for the occasion by painter David Gunnarsson when his team faces the Detroit Red Wings.

"The helmet has a picture of the old Maple Leafs logo with horizontal lines that match the jersey," Reimer told NHL.com. "There's also a winter classic logo on it and, from afar, it looks like a retro mask. But when you get close up to it, it still has those sketches that I like to keep the [Reimer] theme."


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POSTED ON Monday, 12.23.2013 / 3:02 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic blog

Past outdoor game a thriller for Maple Leafs' Gardiner

NEW YORK -- Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner can vividly recall the fantastic outdoor finish in the Camp Randall Classic before 55,031 fans on Feb. 6, 2010.

Gardiner was starring on defense for the University of Wisconsin at the time against the University of Michigan.

The game featured several current NHL stars, including Gardiner, Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith and New York Rangers forward Derek Stepan and defenseman Ryan McDonagh. All four players were Wisconsin teammates. Rangers forward Carl Hagelin was playing for Michigan.

"We won 3-2 against Michigan and Brendan Smith scored the winner [at 18:38 of the third]," Gardiner told NHL.com. "We had a good team and it was fun to be out there in front of 55,000 people."


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POSTED ON Monday, 12.23.2013 / 1:44 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Rangers starting Talbot doesn't surprise Lundqvist

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist confirmed after an optional morning skate that Cam Talbot would start in goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday at Madison Square Garden.

It will be the second time this season the 26-year-old Talbot will be making consecutive starts. He made 37 saves in a victory against the Vancouver Canucks on Nov. 30 and 29 saves in a loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Dec. 2.

Talbot is coming off a 25-save, 4-1 victory against the Minnesota Wild on Sunday at MSG. Lundqvist, who is 1-4-2 in his past seven starts, isn't surprised by coach Alain Vigneault's decision to start Talbot.

"I'm not surprised I'm not playing with the way Cam has been playing and we got a big win [Sunday]," Lundqvist said. "I expected he'd get another start. It's about winning and this team getting points and he's doing really well. I have to push myself to get better and help the team get points in order to get more starts."

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POSTED ON Sunday, 12.22.2013 / 5:58 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Barber named captain of U.S. WJC team

United States National Junior Team general manager Jim Johannson on Sunday reduced the select camp roster by two players with the release of forward Henrik Samuelsson and defenseman Brett Pesce.

Johannson will need to cut one more player to reach the maximum of 23 players eligible to participate for the defending gold medalist at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden.

It was also announced Sunday that forward Riley Barber (Miami University; Washington Capitals) would serve as the team's captain. Forward Andrew Copp (University of Michigan; Winnipeg Jets) and defenseman Matt Grzelcyk (Boston University; Boston Bruins) will be the country's alternate captains.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 12.17.2013 / 8:08 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - USA Selection Camp Blog

Stepan ready to face his college team

MANKATO, Minn. -- Minnesota State University freshman forward Zach Stepan returns to Verizon Wireless Arena on Tuesday as a member of the United States National Junior Team select camp roster.

Stepan, who had two goals and five points in his past five games for the Mavericks prior to joining the U.S. select camp last week, is looking forward to the matchup. Minnesota State (11-7-0 overall, 9-3-0 WCHA) has won its past seven games.

Stepan will center Ryan Fitzgerald and Thomas DiPauli to open the game.


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POSTED ON Tuesday, 12.17.2013 / 3:17 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - USA Selection Camp Blog

U.S. set for exhibition opener at Minnesota State

MINNEAPOLIS -- For those players on the bubble with visions of earning a roster spot on the United States National Junior Team that will travel to Sweden for the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship, the first major test is Tuesday in an exhibition game against Minnesota State University at Verizon Wireless Arena in Mankato (8:37 p.m. ET).

U.S. coach Don Lucia will lead his charges against the Mavericks before making three cuts to pare his roster to 26 players, including 15 forwards, eight defensemen and three goalies. The coach will conduct one more practice at Mariucci Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota on Wednesday morning before he and his team depart for Angelholm, Sweden, to continue the evaluation Thursday.

The United States will have exhibition games against Sweden on Dec. 20 and Finland on Dec. 22 before announcing the official 23-player roster headed to Malmo for the WJC that begins Dec. 26.

"We have to make some cuts before we head to Sweden [on Wednesday afternoon] to continue camp," Lucia said. "Against Minnesota State, we have to start forging that identity of our team."


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POSTED ON Monday, 12.16.2013 / 9:24 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - USA Selection Camp Blog

Compher to take calculus exam before game Tuesday

MINNEAPOLIS -- Long before the big game on Tuesday, United States National Junior Team hopeful J.T. Compher will have already taken a big test.

Compher, one of 29 players at selection camp this week on the campus of the University of Minnesota, is scheduled to take his calculus exam at 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday morning. His team will practice at 10 a.m. before traveling to Mankato for an exhibition game against Minnesota State University.

Compher is a freshman at the University of Michigan, but will take the exam on the Minnesota campus.


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POSTED ON Monday, 12.16.2013 / 3:42 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - USA Selection Camp Blog

Lucia shuffles defense pairings as goalies rotate

MINNEAPOLIS -- United States National Junior Team coach Don Lucia was right back at it on Monday morning in the first of two practice sessions at Mariucci Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota.

A second practice will be held Monday at 6 p.m. ET.

Lucia continued to shuffle his defensive combinations and made one notable shift among the forward lines, placing Jack Eichel (U.S. U-18 National Team Development Program) between Adam Erne (Quebec Remparts, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League) and Ryan Hartman (Plymouth Whalers, Ontario Hockey League). Eichel was with Erne and Riley Barber (Miami University) on Sunday night.


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POSTED ON Monday, 12.16.2013 / 2:35 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - USA Selection Camp Blog

Erne discusses WJC opportunity, incident with Drouin

MINNEAPOLIS -- There could come a time in the future of forward Adam Erne where he finds himself trading passes with Jonathan Drouin as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Both were chosen by Tampa Bay at the 2013 NHL Draft -- Drouin of the Halifax Mooseheads was selected in the first round (No. 3) and Erne of the Quebec Remparts in the second (No. 33). They also were roommates in Tampa Bay during development camp prior to the season.

Until that time arrives, however, they play for different teams in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and likely will oppose each other at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Sweden.

Erne is taking part in the United States National Junior Team selection camp this week on the campus of the University of Minnesota while Drouin is at Canada's selection camp.

Drouin's participation at the WJC is dependent on his health as he is still recovering from a concussion he sustained after taking a hit from Erne while in a vulnerable position along the boards in the first period of a regular-season game earlier this month.

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