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Gardiner one of 15 named to Team USA

by Chris Lund / Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs defenceman Jake Gardiner was named one of the first 15 players to Team USA's World Championship squad on Tuesday.

Gardiner, who has represented the United States at the 2013-14 World Championships and the 2010 World Junior Championships, was one of six defencemen named to the roster. In eight games at last year's Worlds, Gardiner recorded a goal and four points for the USA who finished sixth at the tournament.

Team USA will compete from May 1-17 in the tournament which will be held in both Prague and Ostrava, Czech Republic.

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