The Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club is proud to announce that Jets defenceman Jacob Trouba and goaltender Connor Hellebuyck will join the 2014 U.S. Men’s National Team. The team will compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship May 9-25, 2014 in Minsk, Belarus.
Trouba, 20, played in 65 games with the Winnipeg Jets this season where he earned 29 points (10G, 19A) and 43 penalty minutes. He leads all rookies in the league in time on ice (22:26) and sits fourth overall among NHL rookies for average shifts per game (27.0). Trouba has won five medals for Team USA during his career, most recently a bronze medal at the 2013 IIHF Men’s World Championship. He also won a gold medal at the 2013 World Junior Championships in Ufa, Russia, a gold medal at the 2011 and 2012 World Junior Ice Hockey U-18 Championships and a silver medal in the 2010 World U-17 Hockey Challenge. He was originally drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in the first round, ninth overall, in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Hellebuyck, 20, played in 29 games with University of Massachusetts-Lowell this season earning a 18-9-2 record, 1.79 goals against average and 0.941 save percentage. Over three seasons with the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, the Commerce, MI native has played in 106 games with the club for a 64-23-7 overall record. Last month, Hellebuyck earned league honors for goalie of the month. Hellebuyck went 5-3-0 in eight starts in March leading the River Hawks to their second consecutive Hockey East Tournament Championship with back-to-back shutouts at the TD Garden and an appearance the Northeast Regional Final against Boston College. For the second consecutive tournament, Hellebuyck took home MVP honors, becoming the first player to ever win the award twice. He was also named a First-Team Hockey East All-Star for the 2013-14 season. He was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in the fifth round, 130th overall, in the 2012 NHL Draft.