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USA Hockey announces roster for WJC

Wednesday, 12.22.2010 / 11:30 AM

By Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer / 2011 World Junior Championship Blog

Team USA announced the 22-player roster for the World Junior Championship on Wednesday morning via its Facebook account.

For the scoop on all the returnees -- of which there are eight -- and those who made the final cut, click here.

The members of the U.S. National Junior Team will get a real treat on on Wednesday evening when Joe Dames, a decorated U.S. Army Ranger who served six tours of duty in Iraq between 2006-09, speaks to them in Amherst, N.Y.

The Purple Heart Medal recipient, who was honorably discharged from military duty after being wounded in combat
in 2009, was one of three decorated servicemen that spoke to members of the U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team in preparation for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Dames graduated from Florida State University and attended the U.S. Army Airborne School, where he received the Distinguished Military Graduate Award, issued to a graduating senior who displays outstanding qualities of leadership, high moral character, academic achievement and exceptional aptitude in military science.

The U.S. will be defending its 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship gold medal, having defeated Canada, 6-5, in overtime, to claim the title last year in Saskatoon, Sask.

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery