USA Hockey announced today the first 17 players named to the U.S. Men's National Team that will compete in the 2019 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship, May 10-26, in Kosice and Bratislava, Slovakia.
Seven players return from last year's bronze medal-winning U.S. Men's National Team, including Alec Martinez and captain Patrick Kane.
"We're excited about our team and it's fun to hear the passion our players have when I've talked to them about representing our country," said Chris Drury, general manager of the 2019 U.S. Men's National Team and also the assistant general manager of the NHL's New York Rangers. "We have one objective and that is to come home with the gold medal."
Martinez represented the United States for the first time in last year's IIHF World Championship. He picked up one goal and added two assists in 10 games.
"It's a special thing," Martinez said following the USA's bronze medal finish. "Anytime you can play for your country and wear these colors and wear this jersey. It's something that I'll never forget."
Team USA will depart the U.S. for Mannheim, Germany, on May 4 where it will spend three days training, including a pre-tournament game against Germany on May 7.
The U.S. begins play in the 2019 IIHF Men's World Championship on May 10 against host Slovakia. All U.S. games in the tournament will air live on NHL Network.
USA Hockey will announce additions to its roster as players are confirmed. The IIHF allows each federation to have up to 25 players (22 skaters, 3 goaltenders).
The U.S. has medaled in three of the last six IIHF Men's World Championships (bronze in 2013, 2015, 2018), its best medal stretch since the 1950s.