COLUMBUS, OHIO – Center T.J. Tynan has been named to the U.S. National Junior Team roster for the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship tournament, which takes place December 26 through January 5 in Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta, the club and USA Hockey announced December 22.
Tynan, a native of Orland Park, Illinois, was Columbus’ second pick, 66th overall, in the 2011 Entry Draft. The 19-year-old Notre Dame University sophomore leads the Fighting Irish in scoring this season with seven goals and 20 assists for 27 points in 20 games. In 2010-11, he was the CCHA Rookie of the Year after racking up 23-31-54 in 44 games.
Tynan is the latest Blue Jackets prospect selected to represent his country at this year’s tournament, joining center Boone Jenner (Canada) and goaltender Anton Forsberg (Sweden). In addition, forwards Lukas Sedlak and Petr Straka are currently on the Czech Republic’s preliminary national junior team roster.
Jenner, 18, was Columbus’ first pick, 37th overall, in the 2011 Entry Draft. The Dorchester, Ontario native has tallied 15-18-33 and 43 penalty minutes in 27 games with the Ontario Hockey League’s Oshawa Generals this season, raising his OHL career totals to 59-89-148 and 191 penalty minutes in 155 games.
Forsberg, 19, was the club’s sixth pick, 188th overall, at the 2011 Entry Draft. The Ornskoldsvik, Sweden native has split the season between Modo of the Swedish Elite League and Modo’s junior club with whom he appeared in 33 games with a 2.90 goals-against average and .907 save percentage in 2010-11.
Sedlak, 18, was the club’s sixth pick, 158th overall, in the 2011 Entry Draft. The Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic native is playing in his first season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and has notched 12-15-27 with a +11 plus/minus rating in 28 games with the Chicoutimi Sagueneens.
Straka, 19, was the Blue Jackets’ third pick, 55th overall in the 2010 Entry Draft. A native of Plzen, Czech Republic, he has registered 47-63-110 and 108 penalty minutes in 134 career QMJHL games with the Rimouski Oceanic. This season, he has collected 9-12-21 and 21 penalty minutes in 31 games.
Visit BlueJackets.com throughout the 2012 World Junior Championship tournament for updates. Fans can also find the latest news, results and statistics at the International Ice Hockey Federation’s official tournament website at http://www.iihf.com/channels1112/wm20/home.html.
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