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Blackhawks' LeBlanc added to U.S. World Championship roster

by USA Hockey Press Release / Chicago Blackhawks

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Goaltender John Gibson (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and forwards Ryan Carter (White Bear Lake, Minn./New Jersey Devils/Minnesota State Univ.), Stephen Gionta (Rochester, N.Y./New Jersey Devils/Boston College), Drew LeBlanc (Duluth, Minn./Chicago Blackhawks/St. Cloud State Univ.) and David Moss (Livonia, Mich./Phoenix Coyotes/Univ. of Michigan) have been added to the the 2013 U.S. Men's National Team that will compete at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship, USA Hockey announced today. The tournament is scheduled for May 3-19 in Helsinki, Finland, and Stockholm, Sweden.

Carter and Moss played together on the U.S. Men's National Team that participated in the 2010 IIHF Men's World Championship.

Gibson played on the 2012 and 2013 U.S. National Junior Teams plus the 2012 U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team. He backstopped Team USA to the gold medal at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, and collected the directorate award as the tournament's best goalie. He was also the directorate award winner at the 2012 IIHF Men's Under-18 World Championship when the United States won the gold medal.

Gionta's previous Team USA experience includes playing on the 2001 U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team.

LeBlanc is making his debut on a U.S. National Team.

Team USA's roster now includes 12 forwards, eight defensemen and three goaltenders on its roster. The maximum roster size is 25, which includes three goaltenders and 22 forwards and defensemen.

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