Colorado College freshman Jaccob Slavinmade Team USA for the World Junior Championship tournament in Malmo, Sweden, Dec. 26-Jan 5.
The coaches and staff whittled down its roster to 24 players, settling on the final seven defensemen, which included the Erie, Colo. native.
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Slavin skated as the seventh defenseman in a 3-2 exhibition win over Finland on Sunday. He recorded three assists in three exhibition games.
Miami sophomore Riley Barber was named as captain along with alternates Andrew Copp of Michigan and Matt Grzelcyk of Boston University.
Denver blue-liner Will Butcher made the squad while Pioneers wing Quentin Shore is still in the running. The coaches will make one more cut from 14 to 13 forwards soon.
“We are pleased to have settled on our three goaltenders and seven defensemen for the tournament,” said Jim Johannson, general manager of the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team and also the assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. “Due to a medical matter, we are still evaluating our forwards and expect to make a final decision by our first game on Dec. 26.”
CC rookie defenseman Gustav Olofsson will play for team Sweden in Group B. Both rookies will miss CC’s Jan.4 home game against ECAC member Brown.
The U.S. begins defense of its gold medal in Group A pool play against the Czech Republic Thursday (Dec. 26) at 5:30 p.m. (11:30 a.m. ET).
In the U.S., the game will be televised live on NHL Network (DirecTV 215, DISH 477) and streamed live on NHL.com.