(photo: usahockey.com)

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 KettlerRaf Rodriguez, and Greg Thompson; and forwards Junior CadizTravis NoeKyle Novak, and Matt White.


 

U.S. NATIONAL INLINE TEAM SCHEDULE

Date Opponent Time (Local/ET) Result
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.
Born in the “non-traditional” hockey market of South Florida, Elizabeth (Beth) quickly grew to love the sport at a very young age after her Buffalo-bred family introduced her to the Sabres. High school friends who didn’t care about hockey couldn't understand her withdrawals during the 2004-05 lockout, but college would bring a hockey loving boyfriend (and best friend) to whom she could finally relate. A South Florida native himself, and an avid Florida Panthers fan, he got her into the home team. Together they work for their college hockey club (the FAU Owls), broadcasting games. Beth is a huge USA Hockey fan and hopes to see them win Olympic gold in her lifetime. Between her 2 favorite NHL teams, her college squad, and USA Hockey, it's hard to tell which team she loves most, but she is passionate about them all.

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