Team USA starts picking players and Vinny signs with Russia's AK Bars Kazan

The American Junior team has already selected 12 players to participate in the world junior hockey championship.The series will take place in Grand Folks, North Dakota from December 25th to January 4th. Out of the twelve players already selected, eight of them were part of the last junior team that went 6-0-0.

Al Montoya will be the goalie. He recorded 1,33 GAA in the last championship, while forward Patrick O’Sullivan, who scored 2 goals in Team USA’s 4-3 win over Canada, in Finland, was among the forwards selected.

Nashville Predators defenseman, Ryan Suter, who was part of the last three formations was selected on defense.

The roster so far looks like this:


Al Montoya


Ryan Suter

Matt Hundwick

Jeff Likens


Mike Brown

Ryan Callahan

Jake Dowell

Dan Fritsche

T.J. Hensick

Patrick O’Sullivan

Adam Pineault

Drew Stafford

Other Notable Information:

Group A Group B

USA Canada

Czech Republic Finland

Russia Slovakia

Switzerland Sweden

Belarus Germany

Team USA Schedule


Sun., Dec. 19 USA vs. Univ. of North Dakota (exhib.) Grand Forks, N.D.

Wed., Dec. 22 USA vs. Germany (exhib.) Thief River Falls, Minn.

Sat., Dec. 25 Russia vs. USA Grand Forks, N.D.

Mon., Dec. 27 USA vs. Switzerland Grand Forks, N.D.

Wed., Dec. 29 Belarus vs. USA Grand Forks, N.D.

Thurs., Dec. 30 USA vs. Czech Republic Grand Forks, N.D.

Sat., Jan. 1 Qualification Round/Relegation Grand Forks, N.D.

Sun., Jan. 2 Semifinal Round/Relegation Grand Forks, N.D.

Mon., Jan. 3 Semifinal Round/Relegation Grand Forks, N.D.

Tues., Jan. 4 Medal Round Grand Forks, N.D.

Vincent Lecavalier signs with Russia’s AK Bars Kazan.

He stated that Brad Richards will shortly follow and sign on.

AK Bars Kazan already has signed the likes of Ilya Kovalchuk, Darius Kasparaitis, Ruslan Salei, and goaltender Fred Brathwaite.

Lecavalier said he always wanted to play in Europe, and especially in Russia.