Colorado Springs, CO – Defenseman Mark Stuart (Rochester, Minn./Boston Bruins) and forward Adam Burish (Madison, Wis./Chicago Blackhawks) have been added to the roster of the U.S. Men’s National Team that will compete at the 2008 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship, USA Hockey announced today.
Stuart skated in all 82 regular-season games for the National Hockey League’s Boston Bruins, tallying four goals and four assists. He also appeared in all seven of Boston’s playoff games. Burish played in 81 regular-season games for the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks and recorded eight points (4-4). Burish was also named 2007-08 Blackhawks Man of the Year by the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois.
Stuart, who will make his IIHF World Championship debut, played two years (2000-02) at USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program. He has represented the U.S. in major international competition on three previous occasions. He captained the U.S. National Under-18 Team to its first-ever gold at the 2002 IIHF World Under-18 Championship and accomplished the same feat as captain of the U.S. National Junior Team at the 2004 IIHF World Junior Championship. Stuart also skated for the U.S. National Junior Team at the 2003 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Burish, who captained the University of Wisconsin to the NCAA championship in 2005-06, will represent the United States in international competition for the first time.
The U.S. Men’s National Team will compete at the 2008 IIHF World Championship in Quebec City, Quebec, and Halifax, Nova Scotia, May 2-18.
NOTES: Team USA will conduct its training camp beginning today through April 30 in Portland and Falmouth, Maine, including a pre-tournament game against Sweden on Sunday (April 27) at 7 p.m. (EDT) at the Cumberland County Civic Center. Tickets for that game can be acquired by visiting theciviccenter.com. Team USA's complete camp schedule can be found at usahockey.com … John Tortorella, head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning, is the head coach of the 2008 U.S. Men's National Team. Mike Sullivan, assistant coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning, and Kurt Kleinendorst, head coach of the Lowell Devils of the American Hockey League, will serve as assistant coaches for Team USA … All 56 games from the 2008 IIHF Men's World Championship will be broadcast live on WCSN.com … The 2008 U.S. Men's National Team is under the direction of Jim Johannson, USA Hockey’s assistant executive director of hockey operations, and a four-member advisory group, including NHL general managers Brian Burke (Anahiem), David Poile (Nashville), Ray Shero (Pittsburgh) and Don Waddell (Atlanta). Tony Rossi, vice president of USA Hockey and its international council chair, oversees all aspects of international competition for USA Hockey.