MINNEAPOLIS -- As exciting as it is to be a part of the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in any capacity, releasing players in an attempt to reduce the roster to the maximum number never is easy.
That was the task put in the hands of United States National Junior Team coach Don Lucia and the managerial team following a 3-2 overtime victory Tuesday against Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minn.
The end result was the decision Wednesday to cut University of Michigan forward J.T. Compher (Buffalo Sabres), Boston College forward Ryan Fitzgerald (Boston Bruins) and defenseman Anthony DeAngelo of the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League, a top prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft.
Lucia said the decision to cut Compher was due to a left foot injury sustained in practice Monday while blocking a shot. Compher had his foot in a walking boot Tuesday.