Defenseman Steven Santini
has been added to the 2016 U.S. Men’s National Team that will compete in the IIHF World Championship, USA Hockey announced today.
Santini joins fellow Devils Keith Kinkaid, David Warsofsky and Miles Wood on the U.S. squad that will be led by Devils coach John Hynes. Devils general manager Ray Shero serves on the club’s advisory group.
The tournament is set for May 6-22 in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia.
This will be Santini’s third time representing the United States in international play. A member of the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team, Santini won silver in 2013 with the U.S. Under-18 Team and was named the tournament’s best defenseman.
Chosen in the second round, 42nd overall, in 2013, Santini made his NHL debut in the Devils' 2015-16 regular-season finale, just two days after appearing in his second Frozen Four with Boston College. The 2015-16 Hockey East Defensive Defenseman of the Year, he helped lead the Eagles to Hockey East regular-season crowns and Beanpot titles in both 2014 and 2016.
Santini spent two seasons with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program from 2011-13.