Jake Pivonka and Christian Krygier were named to Team USA's preliminary roster for the upcoming 2020 World Junior Hockey Championship on Monday.
Pivonka, the Isles' 2018 fourth-round pick (103rd overall), and Krygier, the Isles' 2018 seventh-round pick (196th) are among 28 players vying for a spot on the 23-man roster. This year's World Juniors runs from Dec. 26, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020, in Ostrava and Trinec, Czech Republic.
Pivonka, a sophomore forward at Notre Dame is a product of the USNTDP. Pivonka wore an "A" for Team USA at the U-18s during the 2017-18 season and donned red, white and blue at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in 2016-17. Krygier, a sophomore defenseman at Michigan State, also played at the U-17s and briefly played on the national U17 team in 2016-17.
Jon Gruden, son of Islanders Assistant Coach John Gruden, was also named to the preliminary roster. Gruden, a 2018 fourth-round pick (95th overall) by the Ottawa Senators is another USNTDP alum and is currently playing for the London Knights in the OHL.
Stay tuned for more World Juniors news and roster annoucements.