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United States readies roster for World Junior A Hockey Challenge

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CALGARY - The United States has put together a roster that will be looking to win a fourth straight World Junior A Hockey Challenge.

The tournament that runs from Nov. 7-13 in Langley, B.C., will include five countries, including the Czech Republic for the first time.

Canada will enter two teams ? Canada East and Canada West ? while Russia and Sweden round out of the field.

The tournament features players born between 1992 and 1995. Canada's rosters are drawn from Junior A Tier 2 clubs in the Canadian Junior Hockey League.

The Americans have won three straight titles in the event's five-year history. The U.S. defeated Canada East for the title last year in Penticton, B.C.

This year's U.S. roster includes six players selected in the NHL draft in June: Mario Lucia (Minnesota), Andy Welinski (Anaheim), Mike Reilly (Columbus), Tony Cameranesi (Toronto), Sean Kuraly (San Jose) and Alex Broadhurst (Chicago).

Defenceman Jordan Schmaltz, who helped the Americans to the title in Penticton, is projected to be a high draft pick in next year's NHL draft.

Canada will determine its East and West rosters at selection camps this weekend in Oakville, Ont., and Langley respectively. Russia has submitted a list of 28 players and that country's team will be finalized before the tournament opens.

Sweden's roster includes defenceman Ludwig Bystrom and goaltender Oskar Dansk, who are also draft prospects.

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