USA Hockey on Wednesday named the first 17 players to the roster for the 2012 IIHF World Championship, to be held May 4-20 in Helsinki and Stockholm.
USA Hockey will fill out its roster further after teams are eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They can carry a maximum of 22 players -- including three goalies -- and can add up to two additional players after the first three games.
Other forwards named were Columbus' Cam Atkinson, Tampa Bay's J.T. Brown and Nate Thompson, Carolina's Patrick Dwyer, Buffalo's Nathan Gerbe, the Islanders' Kyle Okposo, Winnipeg's Jim Slater and Colorado's Paul Stastny.
Of the 17 players, all but one currently plays in the NHL. Right wing Ryan Lasch, a native of Lake Forest, Calif., had 62 points in 59 games with Lahti in the Finnish Elite League. He played collegiately at St. Cloud State University.
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