Werner, 21, was born in Washington, D.C., and resides in Chevy Chase, Md. A third-round draft choice (83rd overall) in the 2003 Entry Draft, the 6’0”, 197-pound Werner has played four years at the University of Massachusetts, where he was a two-year captain and led the team in goals each of the past two seasons. Werner finished his UMass career with 116 points in 143 games played, making him the fourth-leading scorer in school history. He led the team in goals this season with 13 and finished second on the Minutemen in points (27).
A former member of the Washington Junior Capitals and the Washington Little Capitals, Werner represented the United States in the 2004 World Junior Championship, where he helped lead Team USA to its first gold medal in the event. Werner’s five goals shared the team lead and were tied for second in the tournament with, among others, the Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin
. Werner also won a gold medal with the U.S. at the 2002 World Under-18 Championship.