April 13, 2011
Boston College sophomore Chris Kreider has been named one of the 16 initial players to the 2011 U.S. National Team that will compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championship from April 29 - May 15 in Slovakia, USA Hockey announced on Wednesday.
Kreider, a forward, is the only returnee from the U.S. squad that competed at the 2010 World Men's Championship in Germany. He is the only current collegian on this year's first list of players that includes 14 players from the National Hockey League, including Ottawa Senators forward Ryan Shannon '05, who registered 150 points - 51 goals and 99 assists - in 154 games at Boston College from 2001-05.
Kreider recorded 24 points - 11 goals and 13 assists - in 32 games as a sophomore this winter. He missed five games in March because of a broken jaw. The Boxford, Mass., resident earned Hockey East All-Rookie Team honors last winter and has tallied 47 points - 26 goals and 21 assists - in 70 games during his two seasons at Boston College.
Kreider and Shannon will play for U.S. head coach Scott Gordon `86, who lettered at BC from 1982-86.
Boston College finished the 2010-11 season with a 30-8-1 record. The Eagles captured the Beanpot title, the Hockey East regular-season crown and the Lamoriello Trophy as the league's tournament champions.