2007 WUG Roster Announcement
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Thursday, October 19, 2006
USA Hockey Announces 2007 U.S. University Select Team Roster
Squad to Compete in Winter World University Games, Jan. 17-27 in Torino, Italy
COLORADO SPRINGS (CO) – USA Hockey today announced the 22-player U.S. University Select Team roster for the upcoming 2007 Winter World University Games. The event will be staged at the Tazzoli Rink and Torre Pellice in Torino, Italy, Jan. 17-27, 2007.
Highlighting the U.S. roster for the biannual event are defenseman Travis Preble (Athens, Ohio/Ohio University) and forwards Nick Krebsbach (Minot, N.D./North Dakota State University) and Joel Kuehn (Troy, Mich./University of Michigan-Dearborn), all of whom were members of the U.S. University Select Team that competed at the 2005 Winter World University Games. Team USA finished with a 3-3-0 record at that event, marking its best showing since returning to the Games in 2001 with players from the American Collegiate Hockey Association.
The Winter World University Games is the second-largest sporting event in the world next to the Olympic Games and consists of 11 sports and 72 medal events. Featuring 1,500 athletes in the 17-28 year-old age range, the 10-day event began in 1960 in France and was hosted on American soil in Lake Placid, N.Y., in 1972.
The U.S. team was picked following an identification camp held in August and is comprised of players from non-varsity ice hockey teams affiliated with the ACHA, which includes 333 teams in three men’s divisions.
“Each year that I’ve coached this team it has gotten better and better. We’re going to have a deeper team than last time,” said U.S. University Select Team Head Coach Chad Cassel, who is returning to the Winter World University Games coaching ranks for the fourth time. “This is the highest level of hockey that most of these guys will ever play, so it will be a great experience for them.”
The United States lineup up front includes Marshall Chubirka (Crystal Lake, Ill./University of Illinois), Drew Heredia (Wadsworth, Ill./University of Illinois) and Johnny Liang (Glenview, Ill./University of Illinois), all from the Illini Hockey Club. Liang was named the 2005-06 Central States Collegiate Hockey League Rookie of the Year after he totaled 32 goals and 30 assists in 38 games.
Mike Curran (Devon, Pa./University of Rhode Island) and Lukas DeLorenzo (Export, Pa./Penn State University) will also be key elements in the U.S. offensive effort. Curran was a finalist for the 2005-06 ACHA Player of the Year Award, while DeLorenzo was named the ACHA Rookie of the Year.
Keith Jordan (State College, Pa./Penn State University), an ACHA First-Team All-American in 2005-06, will lead the U.S. effort on the blue line. Meanwhile, defenseman Jayson Cash (Dayton, Ohio/Wright State University) is the first ACHA Division 3 player selected to Team USA for the Winter World University Games. He helped his school capture the 2005-06 ACHA Division 3 National Championship.
In goal, 2005-06 ACHA Player of the Year Anthony Feyock (Johnstown, Pa./University of Rhode Island) will team with Stephen Yu (Garden City, Mich./University of Michigan-Dearborn) to backstop Team USA. Feyock led all ACHA Division 1 goaltenders last season in goals-against average (1.84) and save percentage (.924).
Cassel will be assisted by Joe Augustine (North Scituate, R.I.), head coach at the University of Rhode Island, and David Debol (Saline, Mich.), head coach at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
During the 2005-06 season, Augustine led Rhode Island to its first men’s ice hockey national championship while being named the 2005-06 ACHA Coach of the Year. Prior to his coaching career, Augustine was a three-year standout at Boston College, where he recorded 104 points in 93 career games. A 2005 inductee into the Boston College Hall of Fame, Augustine played six years with the Calgary Flames, New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils organizations before joining the coaching ranks.
Debol, currently in his third season as head coach at Michigan-Dearborn, played college hockey at the University of Michigan. He helped the school to the 1977 NCAA national title game while setting Michigan’s single-season scoring record with 99 points in 45 games. Following his collegiate career, Debol went on to play six years of professional hockey, including a stint with the Hartford Whalers.
NOTES: Today’s selection of players to the 2007 U.S. University Select Team is subject to the approval of the United States Olympic Committee’s Games Preparation Division … Team USA features four players from both Illinois and Rhode Island, three players from Penn State University and two players each from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Ohio University … Cassel served as an assistant coach for Team USA at the Winter World University Games in 2001 and 2003, before being slated for the head coaching position at the 2005 Games … Cassel is a USA Hockey Level 4 certified coach, while both Augustine and Debol are USA Hockey Level 3 certified coaches.