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Leopold Joins Team USA

by ColoradoAvalanche.com - Official Site of the Colorado Avalanche / Colorado Avalanche
USA Hockey today announced that defenseman Jordan Leopold has been added to the roster of the U.S. Men’s National Team for the 2008 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship.


Leopold becomes the fifth member of Colorado’s organization to compete in the event. Peter Budaj is tending goal for Slovakia and Jaroslav Hlinka is skating for the Czech Republic, while defensemen Ruslan Salei and Vladimir Denisov – who competed with the Lake Erie Monsters during the 2007-08 season – are representing Belarus.

Leopold, a member of the 2006 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team and veteran of USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, will compete in his fourth IIHF World Championship (2002-03, 2005). He also participated in two IIHF World Junior Championships.

Team USA will play its first game of the qualification round at the World Championship tomorrow (May 8) at 5:15 p.m. MT against the team that finishes third in Group C.
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