USA Hockey released the roster of players chosen for the U.S. Junior Select Team that will compete at the 2014 World Junior A Challenge. Wisconsin recruits Seamus Malone and Brock Boeser were selected to the team that will represent the U.S. December 14-20th in Kindersley, Saskatchewan.
Malone, who plays center for the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the USHL, is making his second trip to the World Junior A Challenge after being named to Team USA last season. Malone registered one goal in four games at the event last year.
Also on the squad is Boeser, who is a powerful right winger for the Waterloo Black Hawks. Projected to be a top-two round NHL Draft pick next June, Boeser is off to a great start in his first full season in the USHL. Boeser is currently tied for the league lead in goals with ten and is second in points with 19 through 13 games.
Boeser and Malone are both expected to sign National Letters of Intent with Wisconsin during the early NCAA signing period that started on Wednesday.
This the ninth year for the World Junior A Challenge and eighth time that the United States will send a team to the Under-20 event. The United States, annually made up of players from the USHL, has earned a medal in each of the previous seven tournaments, including winning gold five times (2013, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008). They have won 26 of the 31 games they have played in the event.
The tournament has been previously played in November but has moved to December this year. The 2014 World Junior A Challenge field includes teams from four other countries - Denmark, Russia, Switzerland, and two from the host country Canada (East and West). Denmark is competing in the tournament for the first time.
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