St. Cloud, MN – USA Hockey announced on December 24 the inclusion of St. Cloud State University first-year defenseman, Jack Ahcan to the final roster for the Team USA World Junior Championship squad. This years IIHF World Junior championship takes place from December 26 through December 31 at two venues – the Bell Centre in Montreal and the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Team USA Roster
Ahcan, from Savage, MN was named the USHL’s Defenseman of the Year following the 2015-16 season and currently is tied for second in points with 3-10-13 after 15 games with the St. Cloud State University Huskies of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC). Ahcan will join SCSU coach Bob Motzko who will be skippering the 2017 Team USA squad. In announcing the 23 man roster, Team USA General Manager Jim Johanssen commented “We’re excited about this group of players and the way in which they will maximize the style of hockey that head coach Bob Motzko wants the team to play,”
The inclusion of Ahcan to the team certainly does not surprise me as he is form-fit to the style of North/South hockey coach Motzko likes his teams to play. Ahcan brings an element of great skating, skill, grit and a high level of competitiveness to his game. This is just another example of the growth in this overachieving, dynamic 5’7″ 180 pound defenseman’s game – a position typically dominated by big men these days.
|Mon., Dec. 26||Latvia||3:30 p.m.||Air Canada Centre||NHL Network|
|Wed., Dec. 28||Slovakia||7:30 p.m.||Air Canada Centre||NHL Network|
|Thur., Dec. 29||Russia||3:30 p.m.||Air Canada Centre||NHL Network|
|Sat., Dec. 31||Canada||3:30 p.m.||Air Canada Centre||NHL Network|
More information on Team USA can be found on the USA Hockey WJC website HERE