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Booth and Anderson Join Team USA

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
LW David Booth
SUNRISE, Fla. – USA Hockey today announced that Florida Panthers LW David Booth and G Craig Anderson have been invited to play for Team USA at the 2008 IIHF World Championship in Halifax and Quebec City, from May 2-18.


Booth, 23, played in 73 games with the Panthers this season recording a National Hockey League career best 22 goals and 18 assists, finishing fourth on the Cats with 40 points. His six game-winning goals paced the Panthers, while 21 of his 22 goals were scored at even strength. The Detroit, Michigan native played for Team USA at the 2004 World Junior Championship and also played in 57 games with Team USA (U-18) during the 2001-02 campaign scoring 17 goals with 12 assists.

Goaltender Craig Anderson
Anderson, 26, played in 17 games with the Panthers this year going 8-6-1 with a .935 save percentage and a 2.25 GAA. He set an NHL record for most saves in a shutout when he tallied 53 saves in a 1-0 victory over the NY Islanders on March 2. In his next consecutive start, he stopped 40 shots in a 1-0 victory over the Boston Bruins on March 4, setting an NHL record for saves in back-to-back shutouts with 93. Anderson posted a six game win streak from February 23-April 4.

The Park Ridge, Illinois native played for Team USA at the 2006 World Championship appearing in five games going 3-2-0 with a 2.36 GAA.

Booth and Anderson, will join Panthers D Jay Bouwmeester who was selected yesterday to play for Team Canada at the World Championship. Announcements regarding other Panthers invitees to the World Championship are expected later this week.

Team USA will play a pre-tournament game against Sweden at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine, on April 27 at 7 p.m. EDT before beginning competition in the IIHF World Championship on May 2 at 6:15 p.m. EDT against Latvia. The United States will play two additional preliminary-round games against Slovenia (May 4) and Canada (May 6) before the qualification round begins.

2008 United States Men’s National Ice Hockey Team                          
GOALTENDERS (1) 
    Craig Anderson    - Florida Panthers

DEFENSEMEN (4)
    Keith Ballard - Phoenix Coyotes
    Tom Gilbert - Edmonton Oilers
    Matt Greene - Edmonton Oilers   
    James Wisniewski - Chicago Blackhawks   
   
FORWARDS (12)
    David Backes - St. Louis Blues
    David Booth - Florida Panthers
    Dustin Brown - L.A. Kings
    Dustin Byfuglien - Chicago Blackhawks
    Paul Gaustad - Buffalo Sabres       
    Jeff Halpern - Tampa Bay Lightning
    Patrick Kane - Blackhawks
    Peter Mueller - Phoenix Coyotes
    Patrick O’Sullivan - L.A. Kings
    Jason Pominville - Buffalo Sabres
    Drew Stafford - Buffalo Sabres
    Lee Stempniak - St. Louis Blues

USA HOCKEY, INC.

President: Ron DeGregorio, Salem, N.H.
Executive Director: Dave Ogrean, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Vice President and International Council Chairperson: Tony Rossi, Chicago, Ill.
Chairman of the Board: Walter L. Bush, Jr., Naples, Fla.


TEAM STAFF   
National Team Advisory Group:                        .
    Brian Burke, Yorba Linda, Calif.                   
    David Poile, Nashville, Tenn.   
    Ray Shero, Pittsburgh, Pa.                       
    Don Waddell, Duluth, Ga.
Asst. Exec. Dir., Hockey Operations: Jim Johannson, Colorado Springs, Colo.   
Head Coach: John Tortorella, Valrico, Fla.   
Assistant Coach: Mike Sullivan, Marshfield, Mass.   
Assistant Coach: Kurt Kleinendorst, Grand Rapids, Minn.               
Team Leader: Bob Webster, Littleton, Colo.
Video Coordinator: Nigel Kirwan, Tampa, Fla.   
Equipment Managers: Joe Guilmet, Atlanta, Ga.
                                         Ray Thill, Tampa, Fla.           
Athletic Trainers: Stan Wong, Boca Rotan, Fla.
                                Tom Mulligan, Tampa, Fla.
Massage Therapist: Inar Treiguts, Plantation, Fla.
Team Doctor: Dr. Bob Arciero, Avon, Conn.
Media Relations: Dave Fischer, Colorado Springs, Colo.
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