McDonald, Miele and Murphy Added to 2014 U.S. Men’s National Team
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Forwards Colin McDonald (Wethersfield, Conn./New York Islanders/Providence College) and Andy Miele (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich./Phoenix Coyotes/Miami Univ.) and defenseman Connor Murphy (Dublin, Ohio/Phoenix Coyotes) 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.
McDonald is making his debut on a U.S. National Team.
Miele previously skated for the U.S. Men’s National Team at the 2011 IIHF Men’s World Championship in Kosice and Bratislava, Slovakia.
Murphy helped Team USA win gold at both the 2011 IIHF Men’s Under-18 World Championship in Crimmitschau, Germany, and the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.
The first 15 players for the U.S. Men’s National Team were announced April 15. Team USA now has 10 forwards, seven defensemen and one goaltender on its roster. The maximum roster size is 25, which includes three goaltenders and 22 forwards and defensemen.
NOTES: Fourteen of 18 announced members of Team USA played U.S. college hockey … Seven of the 18 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 … Eight NHL teams are represented on the roster: Buffalo Sabres, Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators, New York Islanders, Phoenix Coyotes, Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets … Peter Laviolette will serve as head coach of the 2014 U.S. Men’s National Team. The assistant coaches are Joe Sacco, Phil Housley and Don Granato … 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 is scheduled to televise all Team USA games in the 2014 IIHF Men’s World Championship. A final broadcast schedule will be available in the near future.