COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Forward Justin Abdelkader (Muskegon, Mich./Detroit Red Wings/Michigan State Univ.) and defenseman Danny DeKeyser (Clay Township, Mich./Detroit Red Wings/Western Michigan Univ.) have been added to the 2014 U.S. Men's National Team that will compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship May 9-25 in Minsk, Belarus.
Previously, Abdelkader skated for the U.S. Men's National Team at the 2012 IIHF Men's World Championship in Helsinki, Finland, and Stockholm, Sweden. He had a goal and three assists in eight games. Also, he earned a bronze medal with Team USA at the 2007 IIHF World Junior Championship in Leksand and Mora, Sweden, where he had two assists in seven games.
DeKeyser will be making his U.S. National Team debut, though he attended the 2013 U.S. Men's National Team Orientation Camp that assisted the preparation for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
Team USA's roster now has 13 forwards, eight defensemen and one goaltender. The maximum roster size is 25.
NOTES: Seventeen of 22 announced members of Team USA played U.S. college hockey ... Seven of the 22 players are products of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, including Jimmy Hayes, Seth Jones, Jake McCabe, Peter Mueller, Connor Murphy, Drew Shore and Jacob Trouba ... Ten NHL teams are represented on the roster: Buffalo Sabres, Calgary Flames, Detroit Red Wings, Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators, New York Islanders, Phoenix Coyotes, Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets ... The staff and players of the 2014 U.S. Men's National Team are selected by the U.S. Men's National Team Advisory Group, led by Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. Other members, all affiliated with National Hockey League teams, include Stan Bowman (Chicago), Brian Burke (Calgary), Paul Holmgren (Philadelphia), Dean Lombardi (Los Angeles), David Poile (Nashville), Ray Shero (Pittsburgh), Dale Tallon (Florida), and Don Waddell (Pittsburgh). Tom Kurvers (Tampa Bay) will be part of the advisory group for this year's championship ... USA Hockey's international council, chaired by Gavin Regan, vice president of USA Hockey, has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. national teams … Sixteen teams will compete at the 2014 IIHF Men's World Championship, split into two groups of eight. Teams will play a round-robin format among their group with the top four teams from each group advancing to quarterfinals … NBC Sports Network will televise and stream all Team USA games in the 2014 IIHF Men's World Championship.