USA Hockey has named the first 15 players of the 2015 U.S. Men’s National Team for the IIHF World Championships. The tournament will be May 1-17 in Ostrava and Prague, Czech Republic.

So far USA Hockey has named one goaltender, six defensemen and eight forwards.

Eleven of the fifteen are most recently National Hockey League players whose teams fell short of the playoffs.



Most Recent Team (League)

Marc Arcobello F Arizona Coyotes (NHL)
Justin Faulk D Carolina Hurricanes (NHL)
Jake Gardiner D Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL)
Matt Hendricks F Edmonton Oilers (NHL)
Torey Krug D Boston Bruins (NHL)
Dylan Larkin F University of Michigan (Big Ten)
Trevor Lewis F Los Angeles Kings (NHL)
Alex Lyon G Yale University (ECAC Hockey)
John Moore D Arizona Coyotes (NHL)
Jeremy Morin F Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL)
Steve Moses F Jokerit (KHL)
Connor Murphy D Arizona Coyotes (NHL)
Mike Reilly D University of Minnesota (Big Ten)
Dan Sexton F Nizhnekamsk Neftekhimik (KHL)
Ben Smith F San Jose Sharks (NHL)

The team includes Justin Faulk, of the Carolina Hurricanes, a defenseman who served as a member of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team in Sochi, Russia. Faulk helped Team USA win three medals in previous IIHF events, including bronze at the 2013 Men’s World Championships.

The roster so far also includes 2010 IIHF World Junior gold medalists Jake Gardiner (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Jeremy Morin (Columbus Blue Jackets), and 2013 IIHF World Junior gold medalists Connor Murphy (Arizona Coyotes) and Mike Reilly (University of Minnesota).

Torey Krug of the Boston Bruins is making his Team USA Debut.

Of the 15 players already named to Team USA, 11 have previous experience skating with the U.S. National Team.

A college hockey fan and hockey player, Krista Patronick decided to pursue a career in sports management after earning a degree in English from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell in 2009 and spending three years in journalism. She received her Master's of Sports Management from Southern New Hampshire University in 2013. After realizing she was meant to work in the hockey world, Krista went to work in any press box she could get into. She kept statistics, wrote shot charts, tweeted and live-blogged her way to a job as an operations coordinator and marketing director at The Hockey Academy in Hudson, N.H. She works with the company's two junior teams, adult hockey players, and youth teams. Krista is a goalie and enjoys playing hockey in her spare time. She is a die-hard Bruins and River Hawks hockey fan. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @KristaPatronick



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