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Dubuque's Knierim excited for Junior A Challenge

by William Knierim / NHL.com

William Knierim, a B-rated skater on NHL Central Scouting's November players to watch list for the 2016 NHL Draft, is in his second season with the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the United States Hockey League this season. The 6-foot-2, 207-pound right wing has four goals, 10 points and 64 shots on goal in 20 games this season. The Skokie, Ill., native is committed to Miami University in 2016-17. Knierim has offered to maintain a blog for NHL.com leading up to the 2016 NHL Draft in Buffalo, N.Y.

Hello everyone.

Since my last post in November I received great news when I learned I was selected to play for the United States Junior select team at the World Junior A Challenge, which will be in Whitby and Cobourg, Ontario, from Dec. 13-19.

I know it'll be a real great experience to play with some players from other teams around the United States Hockey League that you're usually trying to beat each night. I've been able to get to know a lot of the players and the coaching staff since we've arrived in Ontario. Everyone has been awesome and I can't wait to hop on the ice and get the tournament rolling.

So 20 games into our season in Dubuque and we're second in the Eastern Conference with 13 wins and 26 points. We just came off a weekend sweep where we beat two tough teams, Omaha and Waterloo.

It was a huge weekend considering the prior weekend we were shut out twice in three games and scored one goal in the other. As the new week started, Dubuque is starting to get ready for a weekend series against the Madison Capitols. However there will be three players missing since myself, Keegan Ford and Spenser Young will be with the U.S. at the World Junior A Challenge.

After the tournament I get to fly back to Chicago for six days where I'll spend time with family and friends over the holiday break. A piece of Lulu Lemon clothing would be nice for Christmas, but I think the best present of all is just being home and spending time with my family.

Thanks for reading everyone and have a great New Year.

Follow William Knierim on Twitter at: @27WillieKnierim

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