PLYMOUTH, Mich. - Twenty-five alums of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program have been invited to the 2021 World Junior Summer Showcase, set for July 24-31 at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan, it was announced today by USA Hockey.
The Showcase, which will also include teams from Finland and Sweden, will serve as an evaluation for athletes seeking to make their respective national teams for the 2022 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship Dec. 26, 2021, through Jan. 5, 2022 in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta.
The Showcase will include 11 games across eight days and a complete schedule and ticket information is available at USAHockeyArena.com. All session passes are available for $40 by calling the USA Hockey Arena box office, or for more information call 734-453-6400 x396. Team USA players will be split into two squads for the event and compete against squads from Finland and Sweden.
OVERVIEW OF TEAM USA INVITATIONS
Of the 44 players attending, six are returnees from last year’s U.S. National Junior Team that earned a gold medal at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship in Edmonton, Alberta. Additionally, 17 have skated on at least one U.S. national team.
The roster includes 39 players that previously played in the United States Hockey League, including 25 players from USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program. In addition, 16 players played college hockey last season and 23 are expected to make their college hockey debuts this season.
A complete roster can be found here.
All games in the Showcase will be streamed live on HockeyTV.com.
The United States will enter the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship having earned medals in five of the last six years, including most recently winning its fifth gold medal in 2021 in Edmonton, Alberta. To date, the U.S. National Junior Team has claimed 13 medals, including five gold (2021, 2017, 2013, 2010, 2004), two silver (2019, 1997) and six bronze medals (2018, 2016, 2011, 2007, 1992, 1986).