Several players have represented the United States at previous international events. Ryan Saint Louis (Burlington, Vt./Dubuque Fighting Saints) participated in the 2021 IIHF Men’s Under-18 World Championship, 2020 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament, Under-17 Four Nations Tournament 2019 and the 2019 World Under-17 Challenge.
In addition, Gavin McCarthy (Clarence Center, NY/Muskegon Lumberjacks), Andrew Strathman (Beach Park, Ill./Youngstown Phantoms) and Tanner Adams (Northport, NY/Tri-City Storm) competed together for the United States at the 2022 Hlinka Gretzky Cup and the 2021 Five Nations Tournament.
Five players also participated in the BioSteel All-American Game, an annual event showcasing the top American players eligible for the NHL Draft, including Maddox Fleming (Rochester, MN/Sioux Falls Stampede), Cole Knuble (Grand Rapids, Mich./Fargo Force), Brown and Rinzel in the 2022 game, while St. Louis participated in the 2021 event.
The United States will play a pre-tournament game against Canada East at 7 p.m. ET on December 9 at the Cornwall Civic Complex in Cornwall, Ont. Team USA kicks off the tournament at 5 p.m. ET on Dec. 11 against Canada West.
Remarks: All World Junior A Challenge matches will be streamed live and the link will be available on 2022 World Junior A Homepage …Twelve USHL teams are represented on the roster…The Muskegon Lumberjacks lead the way with four players…The 21 players hail from 10 different states…Minnesota has the most reps with eight… Marc Boxer (Hancock, Michigan) is the general manager of the 2022 U.S. Junior Select team. Eric Roud (Inver Grove Heights, Minn./Sioux Falls Stampede) will serve as head coach, along with assistant coaches Evan Dixon (Novi, Michigan/Dubuque Fighting Saints), Mike Leone (Dearborn Heights, Michigan/Green Bay Gamblers) and Matt Smaby (Minneapolis, MN/Waterloo Black Hawks). In addition, Spenser Popinga (Waterloo, Iowa/Waterloo Black Hawks) will act as Strength and Conditioning Coach/Equipment Manager; Corey Courtney (Lincoln, Neb./Lincoln Stars) as trainer/equipment manager; and Dr Kevin Murray (San Jose, Calif.) as team physician. Ted Belisle (Bemidji, Minnesota/Los Angeles Kings), Braceful Bar (Detroit, Michigan/Chicago Blackhawks), John Burkart (South Lyon, Michigan/Tampa Bay Lightning) and Rick Comley (Plymouth, Mich./Arizona Coyotes) will serve as the player staff… The 2022 World Junior A Challenge group includes Canada East, Canada West, Czechia, Latvia, Sweden and the United States.