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Tyler Johnson added to Team USA for IIHF World Championships

by Missy Zielinski / Tampa Bay Lightning

Fresh off being announced as a finalst for the Calder Trophy, Tampa Bay Lightning forward Tyler Johnson was added to the 2014 U.S. Men’s National Team that will compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championships from May 9-25 in Minsk, Belarus.

Johnson has represented the United States in international play twice prior, including helping Team USA capture the Gold Medal at the IIHF World Junior Championships in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 2010. During the Gold Medal-run Johnson recorded five points (three goals, two assists) in seven games to go along with a plus-4 rating.

He was also a part of Team USA for the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ottawa, Ontario, where he collected one goal in six games.

Team’s USA roster is now made up of 12 forwards, seven defensemen and one goaltender. The maximum roster size is 25.

Competition for Team USA starts at 1:45 P.M. (EDT) on Friday, May 9 when it plays host nation of Belarus. All Team USA games in the 2014 IIHF Men’s World Championship will be televised on NBC Sports Network.

NOTEWORTHY: Bolts forward Richard Panik will play at the World Championships with Team Slovakia ... The Lightning are currently one of 10 NHL teams represented on Team USA’s roster. The other NHL teams include the Buffalo Sabres, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators, New York Islanders, Phoenix Coyotes, Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets ... Tom Kurvers, the Lightning senior advisor to the general manager, part of the advisory group for Team USA.

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