The USHL has been represented well during the 2013 IIHF Hockey World Championship that is taking place in Stockholm, Sweden and Helsinki, Finland this year with 13 of the 25 players on the United States roster having played in the league. The tournament started back on May 4th and runs through the 19th. Here is a quick rundown of the U.S. players that have spent some of their junior careers in the USHL:
· Jeff Petry – Des Moines Buccaneers (2005-06, 2006-07)
· Jacob Trouba – USNTDP (2010-11, 2011-12)
· Craig Smith – Waterloo Black Hawks (2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09)
· Aaron Palushaj – Des Moines Buccaneers (2005-06, 2006-07)
· David Moss – Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (2000-01)
· Tim Stapleton – Green Bay Gamblers (2000-01, 2001-02)
· Ryan Carter – Green Bay Gamblers (2001-02, 2002-03)
· Drew LeBlanc – Chicago Steel (2006-07, 2007-08)
· Paul Stastny – River City Lancers (2002-03, 2003-04)
· Justin Faulk – USNTDP (2008-09, 2009-10)
· Chris Butler – Sioux City Musketeers (2003-04, 2004-05)
· John Gibson – USNTDP (2009-10, 2010-11)
· T.J. Oshie – Sioux Falls Stampede (2004-05)
The United States has enjoyed quite a run in this year’s tournament thus far with the final slate of games to take place this weekend. In the seven-game preliminary round, the U.S. finished third in their group with a record of 5-0-0-2 (W-OTW-OTL-L) which was good for 15 points behind Russia (15 points with a 5-0-0-2 record and won tiebreaker with a +15 goal differential compared to +8 for the U.S.) and Finland (16 points with a 4-2-0-1 record). Here is how the U.S, fared in the preliminary round:
· May 4th vs. Austria – WON 5-3
· May 5th vs. Latvia – WON 4-1
· May 7th vs. Russia – LOST 5-3
· May 8th vs. Finland – WON 4-1
· May 11th vs. France – WON 4-2
· May 12th vs. Germany – WON 3-0
· May 14th vs. Slovakia – LOST 4-1
The United States was able to barely squeak into the knockout round qualifying for the fifth seed out of the top eight teams and had to play a familiar foe in Russia in the quarterfinals. Yesterday morning (or night in Europe), the U.S. was able to avenge their preliminary round loss to the Russians by trouncing them, 8-3, to move on to play the top-ranked Swiss (Switzerland) in the semifinals tomorrow.
The other semifinal matchup contains Sweden against Finland playing one another tomorrow with the winners playing one another for the Gold Medal on Sunday (the Bronze Medal game will be on Sunday as well before the Gold Medal game).
In terms of former USHL’ers having good tournaments, you have to look no further than the captain of the United States in Paul Stastny, who now is playing for the Colorado Avalanche. The former Lancer has totaled 13 points (6 goals and 7 assists) in 8 games played, and his point total currently puts him in a tie for second among all players in the tournament. Also, his 6 goals rank him alone in fourth, and his 7 assists put him in another tie for second.
Another USHL product that is putting forth a good tournament stat-wise is Justin Faulk of the Carolina Hurricanes. The former USNTDP product has notched 6 assists in the tournament putting him alone in third among all defenseman in the tournament in scoring.
Lastly, Craig Smith of the Nashville Predators has had himself a nice tournament as well. The former Waterloo Black Hawk has issued 9 assists in the tournament putting him at the top of the list among all players in that category.
So there you have it, a quick rundown of how the United States has done so far through the tournament as they look to add another Gold Medal to the trophy case. Check back here on Monday to see if the boys were able to bring home the bacon! Below is a video of their recent victory over Russia in the quarterfinals:
Carter Foguth and Chad McDonald Make Michigan Hockey Magazine
In the latest two editions of Michigan Hockey Magazine, you will find a pair of Lumberjacks in the “You Should Know” section of the magazine in Defenseman Carter Foguth and Forward Chad McDonald. You will find Foguth inserted into the April 29th edition, while McDonald can be found in the May 13th edition. Below is a picture of both Foguth and McDonald in their respective Michigan Hockey Magazine editions. Foguth (Minnesota State) and McDonald (Ferris State) will both be playing in the collegiate ranks next season.
The NHL Scouting Combine Draws Near
The NHL Scouting Combine is just around the corner that will be taking place in its usual spot of Toronto, Ontario, Canada from May 27th to June 1st. The combine will feature 86 of the top North American skaters including the top seven goaltenders. Also, the top 15 European prospects will be attending including the number one-ranked European goaltender. Stay tuned for updates to see if any former, current, or future Lumberjacks will be attending the combine in a few weeks!