COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey today announced the 22-player U.S. Men's National University Team roster, as well as six alternates, for the upcoming 2011 Winter World University Games that will take place Jan. 27-Feb. 6 in Erzurum, Turkey.
The U.S. team is comprised of players from collegiate ice hockey teams affiliated with the American Collegiate Hockey Association.
"I really like the team that we've put together," said Dave Debol, head coach of the U.S. Men's National University Team. "We've got a lot of good size and speed up front, and there are a lot of guys who know how to put the puck in the net."
Highlighting the U.S. roster for the biannual event are defenseman Dan Lassik (Garnet Valley, Pa./Univ. of Rhode Island) and forwards Daryl Dee (Garland, Texas/Univ. of Oklahoma) and Kyle Krannich (Mendham, N.J.), all of whom competed for Team USA at the 2009 Winter World University Games in Harbin, China.
A full roster can be found here.
NOTES: Ten different states are represented on the U.S. roster, including Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas and Washington ... The University of Rhode Island leads all schools with four representatives, while Adrian College, Lindenwood University, Oakland University, Penn State University and the University of Oklahoma each have two players on the U.S. roster ... All members of the U.S. Men's National University Team were selected following the USA Hockey Winter World University Games Evaluation Camp Aug. 6-8 in Grand Rapids, Mich. ... Dave Debol, head coach at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, will serve as head coach of the 2011 U.S. Men's National University Team after having served as an assistant coach for the squad in 2007 and 2009 ... Scott Balboni, head men's ice hockey coach at Penn State University, and Dan Phelps, head men's ice hockey coach at Adrian (Mich.) College, will serve as assistant coaches for Team USA ... For more information on the 2011 Winter World University Games, click here.