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More rosters named

More rosters named

USA, Czechs, Swiss, Latvia make cuts

Published 25.04.2017 09:17 GMT-4 | Author Martin Merk
More rosters named
Team USA and Switzerland named their final rosters. Among the returnees will be Swiss goaltender Joren van Pottelberghe (pictured against Auston Matthews last year in Helsinki). Photo: Matt Zambonin / HHOF-IIHF Images
Four more teams have announced their rosters before the player registration in the night before the start of the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Last year’s bronze medallist USA announced its final roster including three goaltenders, seven defencemen and 13 forwards. Defenceman Chad Krys was the last player cut from the roster today.

“We're excited about this group of players and the way in which they will maximize the style of hockey that head coach Bob Motzko wants the team to play,” said Jim Johannson, general manager of the 2017 U.S. National Junior Team and assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey.

“The talent level in the United States is among the best in the world and the difficulty we had identifying this year's roster speaks to that. These players earned their way on to this roster and we're looking forward to the tournament getting underway.”

The Czech Republic trimmed its camp roster to 25 players. Defenceman Libor Hajek and forward Lukas Andel will have to travel home, forward Dominik Lakatos will miss the event due to injury. The roster now includes three goaltenders, eight defencemen and 14 forwards. The coaching staff plans not to register the full roster in the beginning and keep roster spots open. The final decision will be made after the first two games in the preliminary round when two skaters will be cut from the camp roster and the last players be registered.

12 of the players compete in the Czech pro or junior leagues, 11 in North America and one each in Finland and Sweden. Eight players of this extended roster have played in the World Juniors before. For David Kase and Michael Spacek it will be the third participation.

Switzerland made its final cuts to trim the roster to its final size of 23 players. The roster includes three goaltenders, seven defencemen and 13 forwards. Defenceman Tobias Geisser and forward Philipp Kurashev didn’t make the final roster and will have to leave the team. Denis Malgin will not join the squad as he hasn’t been released by the Florida Panthers.

20 of the players join from Swiss pro or junior teams while three play junior hockey abroad including prospective first-round draft pick Nico Hischier and Calvin Thurkauf in Canada, and Livio Stalder in Sweden. Six players were part of the team that finished in ninth place last year in Helsinki. For defenceman Jonas Siegenthaler it will be the third World Junior Championship. He also represented Switzerland in three U18 World Championships.

Latvia, the team promoted to the top division, made the last cuts on Christmas Eve as well. Defencemen Arturs Apfelbaums, Eduards Fjodorovs and Pauls Svars, as well as forwards Niks Kalnberzins, Reinis Martins Lejnieks, Haralds Strombergs and Aleksandrs Visockis will have to travel home.

Seven players from the team join from the domestic yough hockey system while the others play for junior teams abroad in Canada, the United States, Switzerland and Norway.

Team USA as of 24 december

Jake Oettinger, Boston University (HEA)
Tyler Parsons, London Knights (OHL)
Joseph Woll, Boston College (HEA)

Jack Ahcan, St. Cloud State University (NCHC)
Joe Cecconi, University of Michigan (Big Ten)
Casey Fitzgerald, Boston College (HEA)
Adam Fox, Harvard University (ECAC Hockey)
Caleb Jones, Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
Ryan Lindgren, University of Minnesota (Big Ten)
Charlie McAvoy, Boston University (HEA)

Joey Anderson, University of Minnesota Duluth (NCHC)
Kieffer Bellows, Boston University (HEA)
Jeremy Bracco, Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
Erik Foley, Providence College (HEA)
Jordan Greenway, Boston University (HEA)
Patrick Harper, Boston University (HEA)
Clayton Keller, Boston University (HEA)
Luke Kunin, University of Wisconsin (Big Ten)
Tanner Laczynski, Ohio State University (Big Ten)
Jack Roslovic, Manitoba Moose (AHL)
Troy Terry, University of Denver (NCHC)
Tage Thompson, University of Connecticut (HEA)
Colin White, Boston College (HEA)

Head Coach:
Bob Motzko

Czech Republic as of 24 december

Petr Kvaca, HC Ceske Budejovice
Jakub Skarek, Dukla Jihlava
Daniel Vladar, Providence Bruins (AHL)

Vojtech Budik, Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)
Frantisek Hrdinka, Linköpings HC (SWE)
Filip Hronek, Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
Petr Kalina, Sparta Prague
Daniel Krenzelok, Vitkovice Ostrava
David Kvasnicka, HC Plzen
Ondrej Vala, Kamloops Blazers (WHL)
Jakub Zboril, Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)

Jan Dufek, Kometa Brno
Filip Chlapik, Charlottetown Islanders (QMJHL)
Lukas Jasek, Ocelari Trinec
David Kase, Pirati Chomutov
Radek Koblizek, Karpat Oulu (FIN)
Petr Kodytek, HC Plzen
Daniel Kurovsky, Vitkovice Ostrava
Adam Musil, Red Deer Rebels (WHL)
Martin Necas, Kometa Brno
Kristian Reichel, HC Litvinov
Simon Stransky, Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)
Filip Suchy, Omaha Lancers (USHL)
Michael Spacek, Red Deer Rebels (WHL)
Tomas Soustal, Kelowna Rockets (WHL)

Head Coach:
Jakub Petr

Switzerland as of 24 December

Matteo Ritz, Lausanne HC
Joren van Pottelberghe, HC Davos
Philip Wuthrich, SC Bern

Yanik Burren, SC Bern
Colin Gerber, SC Bern
Nico Gross, EVZ Academy
Roger Karrer, ZSC Lions Zurich
Jonas Siegenthaler, ZSC Lions Zurich
Livio Stalder, Lulea HF (SWE)
Serge Weber, EHC Kloten

Dominik Diem, GCK Lions Zurich
Nando Eggenberger, HC Davos
Fabian Haberstich, EVZ Academy
Timo Haussener, EVZ Academy
Nico Hischier, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
Loic In Albon, Lausanne HC
Nathan Marchon, HC Fribourg-Gotteron
Marco Miranda, GCK Lions Zurich
Jerome Portmann, HC Davos
Raphael Prassl, GCK Lions Zurich
Damien Riat, Geneve-Servette HC
Calvin Thurkauf, Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
Yannick Zehnder, EVZ Academy

Head Coach:
Christian Wohlwend

Latvia as of 24 December

Gustavs Davis Grigals, HK Riga
Mareks Egils Mitens, Aston Rebels (NAHL)
Denijs Romanovskis, HS Riga

Karlis Cukste, Quinnipiac University (NCAA)
Eduards Hugo Jansons, HK Zemgale/LLU
Gvido Jansons, Aston Rebels (NAHL)
Maksims Ponomarenko, Lorenskog (NOR)
Kristians Rubins, Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
Tomass Zeile, Shreveport Mudbugs (NAHL)
Rimants Zelis, HK Riga
Kristaps Zile, HK Riga

Valters Apfelbaums, Prizma Riga
Rudolfs Balcers, Kamloops Blazers (WHL)
Roberts Baranovskis, HK Riga
Ricards Bernhards, Springfield Jr. Blues (NAHL)
Roberts Blugers, Fairbanks Ice Dogs (NAHL)
Filips Buncis, Johnstown Tomahawks (NAHL)
Martins Dzierkals, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL)
Erlends Klavins, Omaha Lancers (USHL)
Renars Krastenbergs, Oshawa Generals (OHL)
Rihards Puide, GCK Lions Zurich (SUI)
Deniss Smirnovs, Geneve-Servette (SUI)
Eduards Tralmaks, Chicago Steel (USHL)

Head Coach:
Eriks Miluns


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