USA Hockey announced that Blues goaltender Jason Bacashihua has been named to the 2007 U.S. Men's National team for the IIHF Men's World Championships.
Bacashihua, who posted a 1-1-0 record with a .925 save percentage and 2.15 goals-against average in the 2006 IIHF World Championship, will be making his second appearance on a U.S. Men’s National Team. Bacashihua completed his second NHL season in 2006-07 and posted a 3-7-0-3 record with an .896 save percentage and 3.15 goals-against average in 19 contests with the St. Louis Blues. In 2002, he played every minute of Team USA’s seven games at the 2002 IIHF World Junior Championship and compiled a 4-1-2 record with a 2.86 goals-against average and .891 save percentage.
Bacashihua replaces goaltender Robert Esche, who has withdrawn from the tournament for personal reasons.
Bacashihua is the 10th member from the Blues organization to be announced as a participant in the tournament. He joins defenseman Erik Johnson and forwards David Backes
and Lee Stempniak on Team USA.
Head Coach Andy Murray, defensemen Eric Brewer and Barret Jackman
, and forwards Jay McClement and Jamal Mayers will play for Team Canada in the tournament. Petr Cajanek will play for the Czech Republic.
The tournament will be held from April 27-May 13 in Moscow, Russia. USA Hockey announced that Blues goaltender Jason Bacashihua has been named to the 2007 U.S. Men's National team for the IIHF Men's World Championships.