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van Riemsdyk joins Team USA

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
Philadelphia Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk has been added to the roster for the U.S. National Team currently competing in the IIHF's World Championships in Slovakia.


van Riemsdyk posted seven goals and eight points for the Flyers in 11 Stanley Cup Playoffs games. His seven goals are currently tied for the lead among all NHL players in the playoffs, along with teammate Danny Briere and Tampa Bay Lightning's Sean Bergenheim.

He also currently leads all postseason players in shots on goal (70) by 22 shots. The next closest is Vancouver's Daniel Sedin who has 48 shots on goal (as of May 7).

Over the course of 75 regular season games, van Riemsdyk recorded a career-high in goals (21) and points (40) in his sophomore campaign.

Full Press Release by USA Hockey is below...

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo
. - USA Hockey today announced that forward James van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J./Philadelphia Flyers/University of New Hampshire) has been added to the roster of 2011 U.S. Men's National Team that is currently competing at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Men's Championship, in Kosice and Bratislava, Slovakia.

The Philadelphia Flyers' forward will be making his sixth U.S. national team appearance, having previously competed at three IIHF World Junior Championships (2009; 2008; 2007-bronze) and two IIHF World Men's U18 Championships (2007-silver; 2006-gold). Van Riemsdyk spent two seasons (2005-07) with USA Hockey's National Team Development Program.

The U.S. next faces Switzerland on Monday (May 9) at 10:15 a.m. EDT in its final qualification-round game. The game will be broadcast live on Versus and scoring updates will be available on Twitter by following #2011WMC. For Team USA coverage from Slovakia throughout the IIHF World Men's Championship, including game blogs and postgame video, visit the U.S. Men's National Team blog.

NOTES:
Ten players on the roster are alumni of USA Hockey's NTDP, including Mike Brown (2001-03), Jack Campbell (2008-10), Cam Fowler (2007-09), Jack Johnson (2003-05), Mike Komisarek (1999-2000), Al Montoya (2001-02), Kevin Shattenkirk (2005-07), Jack Skille (2003-05), Mark Stuart (2000-02) and James van Riemsdyk (2005-07) ... Overall, 16 players have U.S. national team experience, having competed in a combined six IIHF World Men's Championships (2004-06, 2008-10), 11 IIHF World Junior Championships (2001-11) and nine IIHF World Men's U18 Championships (2000, 2002, 2003-07, 2009-10) ... Twenty-one members of Team USA played U.S. college hockey, including two current college players ... The average age of the players is 24.4 ... The NHL's Atlanta Thrashers and St. Louis Blues each have three players on the roster, while the Florida Panthers and New York Rangers have two ... To download the U.S. Men's National Team media guide, click here ... The U.S. Men's National Team's fourth-place finish at the 2009 IIHF World Men's Championship was Team USA's best finish at the tournament since capturing the bronze medal in 2004 ... The 2011 U.S. Men’s National Team is under the direction of the U.S. Men’s National Team Advisory Group, including NHL general managers Brian Burke (Toronto), Paul Holmgren (Philadelphia), Dean Lombardi (Los Angeles), David Poile (Nashville), Ray Shero (Pittsburgh) and Dale Tallon (Florida); Atlanta Thrashers president Don Waddell; and Jim Johannson, USA Hockey's assistant executive director for hockey operations. Paul Fenton, assistant general manager of the Nashville Predators and general manager of the American Hockey League's Milwaukee Admirals, will is serving as associate general manager of the 2011 U.S. Men's National Team ... Scott Gordon is head coach for the second consecutive year after leading the 2010 U.S. Men's National Team, while Greg Cronin, Phil Housley and Barry Smith are serving as assistants ... USA Hockey's international council, chaired by Tony Rossi, vice president of USA Hockey, has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. national teams ... Versus will provide live television coverage in the United States of all remaining Team USA games in the IIHF World Men's Championship ... For more information, visit USAHockey.com.

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