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Compher Named To USA World Championship Roster

by Ryan Boulding / Colorado Avalanche

Colorado Avalanche prospect JT Compher was named to USA Hockey’s Men’s National Team roster for the 2016 IIHF World Championship on Tuesday.

The Colorado Springs, Colorado, based organization released its preliminary list for the tournament, which features seven forwards, four defensemen and two goaltenders.

Compher, captain of the University of Michigan Wolverines, had a standout junior campaign in college, putting up 63 points (16 goals, 47 assists) and a plus-35 rating through 38 games this year. He finished second in scoring in the Big Ten and first in assists (47), assists per game (1.24), power-play assists (19) and points (24) and plus/minus rating (+35).

Compher was in the midst of an eight-game point streak (five goals, 11 assists) when Michigan’s season came to an end in the NCAA Regional Final against the eventual tournament-winning North Dakota Fighting Hawks.

The 21-year-old forward is no stranger to USA Hockey, either. He spent two years in the National Team Development Program, playing on the U-17 and U-18 squads before heading to play for the Wolverines in 2013.

He won a silver medal with Team USA at the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, registering nine points (three goals, six assists) in five matches, and he also managed five points (two goals, three assists) in six games at the IIHF Under-18 World Championship that year.

Compher also captained the United States to a silver medal at the 2013 IIHF Under-18 World Championship and was named one of the top three players of the tournament after he accrued seven points (three goals, four assists) in seven contests.

That same year, he put up five points (four goals, one assist) in five matches at the 2013 Five Nations Tournament, and he also featured in the All-American Prospects Game.

Most recently, Compher was a member of Team USA at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship in Toronto and Montreal.

The Northbrook, Illinois, native will be joined by his fellow Wolverines linemates Kyle Connor and Tyler Motte at the World Championship in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, which runs May 6-22.

Compher was acquired from the Buffalo Sabres, along with Mikhail Grigorenko, Nikita Zadorov and a second-round selection at the 2015 NHL Draft, on June 26, 2015.

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