USA Hockey announces preliminary roster for 2020 World Junior Championship


By @MichaelCaples –

Today, USA Hockey announced its 28-man preliminary roster for the upcoming 2020 World Junior Championship.

Eighteen of the 28 players have ties to Michigan, and 13 are products of USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program in Plymouth. Michigan is well-represented on the list, with Christian Krygier, Alec Regula and Johnny Gruden all being selected, as well as Michigan youth-hockey participants in Alex Turcotte (HoneyBaked), Arthur Kaliyev (Compuware/Little Caesars) and Nick Robertson (Little Caesars).

“We were able to assemble a roster with great balance of youth and experience and we’re thrilled with the potential of this group,” said John Vanbiesbrouck, general manager of the 2020 U.S. National Junior Team and also the assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. “We had a deep player pool to select from, and that’s credit to all the organizations and volunteers developing the next wave of U.S. hockey stars. I know [head coach] Scott Sandelin and his staff are excited to bring these players together at camp as we begin the challenge of creating a final roster that will give us the best chance to bring home a gold medal.”

Here are all of the Michigan names appearing on the list for Team USA:

Christian Kryger – Novi native – Michigan State

Alec Regula – West Bloomfield native

Johnny Gruden – Rochester native, NTDP alum

Alex Turcotte – HoneyBaked, NTDP alum

Nick Robertson – Arcadia, Calif./Northville native

Mattias Samuelsson – Western Michigan, NTDP alum

Cam York – Michigan, NTDP alum

Johnny Beecher – Michigan, NTDP alum

Arthur Kaliyev – Compuware, Little Caesars alum

Robert Mastrosimone – Red Wings draftee

Jacob Pivonka – NTDP alum

Cole Caufield – NTDP alum

K’Andre Miller – NTDP alum

Spencer Knight – NTDP alum

Ty Emberson – NTDP alum

Trevor Zegras – NTDP alum

Trevor Janicke – NTDP alum

Spencer Stastney – NTDP alum