Dec. 22, 2011
Boston College sophomore forward Bill Arnold has been named one of 22 members of the U.S. National Junior Team that will compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championships in Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta, Dec. 26, 2011 - Jan. 5, 2012, according to an announcement made by USA Hockey on Thursday.
The U.S. National Junior Team is currently in the midst of a pre-tournament camp. Team USA has already taken part in two pre-tournament games and will play its final pre-tournament contest on Friday, Dec. 23 against Slovakia.
The NHL Network U.S. will televise all Team USA games in the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championships.
Arnold's selection marks the fourth straight season - and the 16th time in the last 17 years - that a Boston College player will compete in the World Junior Championship.
The 6-foot, 210-pound Arnold is the 20th Eagle participant in World Junior play under head coach Jerry York, joining Jeff Farkas (1996, 1997, 1998), Marty Reasoner (1996, 1997), Blake Bellefuille (1997), Brian Gionta (1998, 1999), Mike Mottau (1998), Bobby Allen (1998), Brooks Orpik (2000), J.D. Forrest (2001), Ben Eaves (2002), Chuck Kobasew (Canada; 2002), Patrick Eaves (2003, 2004), Ryan Shannon (2003), Dan Bertram (Canada; 2006, 2007), Cory Schneider (2005, 2006), Nathan Gerbe (2006, 2007), Jimmy Hayes (2009), Chris Kreider (2010, 2011), Brian Dumoulin (2011) and Patrick Wey (2011).
The 2011-12 Eagles, who are 12-6-0 through their first 18 games of the season, return to action on Thursday, Dec. 29 against Michigan in the Great Lakes Invitational at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich. The Eagles will conclude the two-game holiday tournament against either Michigan State or Michigan Tech on Friday, Dec. 30.
The BC - Michigan game will televised by Fox Sports Detroit.