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USA Hockey names 16 to World Championship roster @NHL

USA Hockey on Tuesday announced the first 15 players who will represent the United States at the 2015 IIHF World Championship, which will be played May 1-17 in the Czech Republic.

The initial group includes 10 skaters who played in the NHL this season: defensemen Justin Faulk (Carolina Hurricanes), Jake Gardiner (Toronto Maple Leafs), Torey Krug (Boston Bruins), John Moore (Arizona Coyotes) and Connor Murphy (Arizona Coyotes); and forwards Mark Arcobello (Arizona Coyotes), Matt Hendricks (Edmonton Oilers), Trevor Lewis (Los Angeles Kings), Jeremy Morin (Columbus Blue Jackets) and Ben Smith (San Jose Sharks).

Goaltender Alex Lyon (Yale University), defenseman Mike Reilly (University of Minnesota), and forwards Dylan Larkin (University of Michigan), Steve Moses (Jokerit, KHL) and Dan Sexton (Nizhnekamsk Neftekhimik, KHL) round out the current group.

Forward Jimmy Vesey (Harvard University) was added to the roster later Tuesday.

Reilly was a fourth-round pick (No. 98) of the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2011 NHL Draft. Larkin was selected by the Detroit Red Wings with the 14th pick of the 2014 draft. Moses signed a one-year contract with the Nashville Predators on April 9. Vesey was drafted by the Predators with the 66th pick in 2012.

The United States will play seven preliminary-round games at CEZ Arena in Ostrava, opening against Finland on May 1. They also will play Norway, Russia, Belarus, Denmark, Slovenia and Slovakia. The gold-medal game is scheduled for May 17 at O2 Arena in Prague.

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