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by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres
The preliminary roster for the 2011 U.S. National Junior Team will be unveiled Dec. 7 at a press conference at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y., USA Hockey announced today. The event is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. EST.

The roster will include approximately 28 players who will gather Dec. 16 in Albany, N.Y., for a training camp in preparation for the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26-Jan. 5, in Buffalo, N.Y.

Jim Johannson, U.S. National Junior Team general manager and USA Hockey assistant executive director of hockey operations, will be on hand in Buffalo for the press conference, while Team USA Head Coach Keith Allain will be available via teleconference. The announcement will be streamed live at

The final 22-player U.S. roster for the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship will be announced exclusively on prior to Team USA's pre-tournament game against Norway on Dec. 23.

Following the announcement, Johannson will be the featured speaker at the Buffalo Sabres Power Play Luncheon at HSBC Arena (Dec. 7, 12 p.m.). For ticket information, click here or call (716) 855-4444

NOTES: The U.S. will be defending its 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship gold medal, having defeated Canada, 6-5 in overtime, to claim the title last year in Saskatoon, Sask. For a full tournament schedule and ticket information, visit ... Team USA's training camp will take place in Albany, Troy, Rochester and Jamestown, N.Y., Dec. 16-23, and will include pre-tournament games against Rensselaer's men's ice hockey team (Dec. 19), the Czech Republic (Dec. 21) and Norway (Dec. 23). For game times and ticket information on these games, click here ... Keith Allain, head men's ice hockey coach at Yale University, will be assisted by Mark Osiecki, head men's ice hockey coach at The Ohio State University; Phil Housley, head boys' ice hockey coach at Stillwater (Minn.) high school; and Joe Exter, goaltending coach at USA Hockey's National Team Development Program ... Jim Johannson is serving as the general manager of Team USA for the second consecutive year. Meanwhile, Tim Taylor, former U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team head coach and longtime Yale University men's ice hockey team head coach, is also serving his second straight year as Team USA's director of player personnel ... From July 30 - Aug. 7, 44 of the top U.S. under-20 players took part in USA Hockey's National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y. For the full roster and camp coverage, click here.
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