04 November 2011
As per USA Hockey, it was announced that Team U.S.A., who will be participating in November's Deutschland Cup, has confirmed a roster list. If you are a frequent visitor to the blog, you'll remember that I wrote a post a bit ago talking about how Team U.S.A. had set their coaching & team staff. Today, we get to take a closer look at who exactly will be representing the United States.
If you're expecting big names for this event, I'm afraid you're going to be disappointed. However, if you someone who keeps track of the American Hockey League as well as the European Elite Leagues, you just may find yourself with familiar names. All the talent that will fill out Team U.S.A. are currently playing in Europe professionally.
Below is a list of players with their respective teams (and former NHL clubs):
Chris Holt - Hamburg, DEL (Blues, Rangers)
John Curry - Riga, KHL (Penguins)
Freddy Meyer - Modo, SEL (Thrashers, Islanders, Coyotes, Flyers)
Andrew Hutchinson - Astana, KHL (Penguins, Stars, Lightning, Hurricanes, Predators)
Andy Wozniewski - Zug, Swiss-A (Bruins, Blues, Maple Leafs)
Steve Wagner - Mannheim, DEL (Blues, Penguins)
Kyle Klubertanz - Djurgardens, SEL (Canadiens)
Brandon Bochenski - Astana, KHL (Lightning, Predators, Ducks, Bruins, Blackhawks, Senators)
Noah Clarke - Munich, DEL (Devils, Kings)
Chris Collins - Nuremberg, DEL (Bruins, Penguins)
Ben Eaves - Jokerit, SML (Predators, Penguins)
Corey Elkinis - Pardubice, ELH
Ryan Lasch - Pelicans, SML
Jared Ross - Ingolstadt, DEL
Robbie Schremp - Modo, SEL
Marty Sertich - Olten, Swiss-B (Avalanche)
Sergio Somma - Augsburg, DEL
Yan Statsny - Nuremberg, DEL (Blues, Bruins, Oilers)
Barry Tallackson - Berlin, DEL (Devils)
Stephen Werner - Wolfsburg, DEL (Predators)
As you can see, these names may not jump out to the average NHL fan. Even as someone who soaks up NHL rosters, I will admit that they don't even jump out at me. Surprisingly, I did manage to see at least three players from this roster play last year in the AHL. John Curry, Andrew Hutchinson, & Steve Wagner were all part of the WBS Penguins for the 2010-2011 season.
Since the tournament is about a week away, the game schedules are also set:
Friday - November 11th vs. Slovakia
Saturday - November 12th vs. Switzerland
Sunday - November 13th vs. Germany
To the best of my knowledge, this tournament will not be broadcasted. However, I wouldn't be surprised if the games suddenly make their way to online streaming. The three games that the United States will play are at 10:15AM, 12:15PM, and 11:15AM respectively based on Eastern Standard Time.