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USA Hockey building World Championship roster

Wednesday, 04.11.2012 / 12:16 PM / 2012 IIHF World Championship

By Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

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USA Hockey building World Championship roster
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 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.

Named to the team were 11 forwards, five defensemen and one goalie -- Dallas Stars rookie Richard Bachman.

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.

Two players from last year's eighth-place team return -- Anaheim defenseman Cam Fowler and Columbus defenseman Jack Johnson.

Other defensemen named to the team were Carolina's Justin Faulk, Dallas' Alex Goligoski and Edmonton's Jeff Petry.

The U.S. team also will feature a pair of 30-goal scorers in Montreal's Max Pacioretty and Anaheim forward Bobby Ryan.

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.

Toronto Maple Leafs assistant coach Scott Gordon will coach the team.

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK

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