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Four Predators to Represent Team USA at the 2013 IIHF Men's World Championship

by Nashville Predators / Nashville Predators

-- Assistant Coaches, Support Staff Also Announced --

USA Hockey announced today the first 15 players of the 2013 U.S. Men's National Team that will compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship May 3-19 in Helsinki, Finland, and Stockholm, Sweden. Nashville will be represented by forwards Bobby Butler and Craig Smith, Equipment Manager Pete Rogers, and President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile.

The first group of players includes two goaltenders, six defensemen and seven forwards.

Name, Postition most recent team hometown
Ben Bishop, g tampa bay lightning denver, colo.
nick bjugstad,F* florida panthers minneapolis, minn.
bobby butler, f nashville predators marlborough, mass.
chris butler, f calgary flames st. louis, mo.
matt carle, D* tampa bay lightning anchorage, ala.
justin faulk, D* carolina hurricanes st. paul, minn.
cal heeter, g adirondack phantoms (AHL) st. louis, mo.
matt hunwick, D* colorado avalanche warren, mich.
danny kristo, f* hamilton bulldogs (ahl) eden prairie, minn.
jamie mcbain, D* carolina hurricanes edina, minn.
jeff petry, d edmonton oilers ann arbor, mich.
craig smith, f nashville predators madison, wisc.
tim stapleton, f dinamo minsk (khl) la grange, ill.
paul stastny, f colorado avalanche st. louis, mo.
nate thompson, f tampa bay lightning anchorage, ala.

*played with USA Hockey's National Team Development Program (Ann Arbor, Mich.)

The 2013 U.S. Men's National Team will be coached by Colorado Avalanche head coach, Joe Sacco. Tim Army , Danton Cole and Phil Housley will serve as assistant coaches for the 2013 World Championship.

USA Hockey also announced that Scott Masters (Colorado Avalanche) will serve as the video coordinator, while Pete Rogers (Nashville Predators) and Scott Aldrich (USA Hockey) will handle equipment manager duties. Additionally, Stan Wong (USA Hockey) and Dave Zenobi (Florida Panthers) will serve as athletic trainers; Dr. Michael Stuart, chief medical officer of USA Hockey, will be the team physician; Pee Wee Willmann will serve as massage therapist; and Dave Fischer (USA Hockey) will handle communications.

Team USA is under the direction of the U.S. Men's National Team Advisory Group, led by Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. Other members include NHL general managers Stan Bowman (Chicago), Paul Holmgren (Philadelphia), Dean Lombardi (Los Angeles), David Poile (Nashville), Ray Shero (Pittsburgh) and Dale Tallon (Florida) and NHL scouts Brian Burke (Anaheim) and Don Waddell (Pittsburgh)

NOTES: Six of the 15 players announced have experience playing with USA Hockey's National Team Development Program ... NBC Sports Network will air all Team USA games at the 2013 IIHF Men's World Championship. A complete broadcast schedule will be announced next week ... Seven teams from the National Hockey League are represented ... USA Hockey's international council, chaired by Tony Rossi, vice president of USA Hockey, has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. national teams.

team usa 2013 iihf men's world championship schedule
may 3-19 - helsinki, finland and stockholm, sweden
date opponent location start time (cdt)
sat., may 4 austria helsinki 4:15 a.m.
sun., may 5 latvia helsinki 12:15 p.m.
tues., may 7 russia helsinki 12:15 p.m.
wed., may 8 finland helsinki 12:15 p.m.
sat., may 11 france helsinki 4:15 a.m.
sun., may 12 germany helsinki 8:15 a.m.
tues., may 14 slovakia helsinki 4:15 a.m.
thurs., may 16 quaterfinals helsinki 5:00 a.m./10:30 a.m.
sat., may 18 semifinals stockholm 8:00 a.m./12:00 p.m.
sun., may 19 finals stockholm 1:30 p.m.
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