We don’t often cover roller hockey here at The Pink Puck, but the U.S. National Inline Team is worth paying attention to. The United States took home gold at last year’s tournament, and has vied for the ultimate prize in the gold-medal game in four of the last five world championships.
Team USA expects things to be no different this year at the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation Inline Hockey World Championship. USA Hockey announced the 14-player U.S. National Inline Team roster who will go for gold at the championship, held June 1-7, in Pardubice, Czech Republic.
“We’ve compiled an extremely talented and deep group of players for this year’s world championship,” said Dan Brennan, general manager of the U.S. National Inline Team. “We’re very excited to try and defend our gold medal next month in the Czech Republic against the best inline teams in the world.”
The team features no less than eight players who were a part of last year’s winning roster, including goaltender Jerry Kuhn; defensemen Cody Kettler, Raf Rodriguez, and Greg Thompson; and forwards Junior Cadiz, Travis Noe, Kyle Novak, and Matt White.
U.S. NATIONAL INLINE TEAM SCHEDULE
|Sun., June 1||Great Britain||2:00 p.m./8:00 a.m.|
|Mon., June 2||Czech Republic||7:00 p.m./1:00 p.m.|
|Tues., June 3||Slovakia||8:00 p.m./2:00 p.m.|
|Thurs., June 5||Quarterfinals||TBD|
|Fri., June 6||Semifinals||TBD|
|Sat., June 7||Bronze-Medal Game||4:30 p.m./10:30 a.m.|
|Gold-Medal Game||7:00 p.m./1:00 p.m.|