COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey announced today the first 15 players of the 2013 U.S. Men's National Team that will compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship May 3-19 in Helsinki, Finland, and Stockholm, Sweden.
The first group of players includes two goaltenders, six defensemen and seven forwards.
NOTES: Six of the 15 players announced have experience playing with USA Hockey's National Team Development Program ... NBC Sports Network will air all Team USA games at the 2013 IIHF Men's World Championship. A complete broadcast schedule will be announced next week ... Seven teams from the National Hockey League are represented ... Joe Sacco, head coach of the Colorado Avalanche, was named head coach of the 2013 U.S. National Men's Team ... The 2013 U.S. Men's National Team is under the direction of the U.S. Men's National Team Advisory Group, led by Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. Other members include NHL general managers Stan Bowman (Chicago), Paul Holmgren (Philadelphia), Dean Lombardi (Los Angeles), David Poile (Nashville), Ray Shero (Pittsburgh) and Dale Tallon (Florida) and NHL scouts Brian Burke (Anaheim) and Don Waddell (Pittsburgh) ... USA Hockey's international council, chaired by Tony Rossi, vice president of USA Hockey, has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. national teams.