Trio of Eagles make U.S. National Jr. Team
Dec. 23, 2013
HELSINGBORG, Sweden - Goaltender Thatcher Demko (San Diego, Calif.) and defensemen Ian McCoshen (Faribault, Minn.) and Steven Santini (Mahopac, N.Y.) have all made the final roster of the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team and will represent Boston College at the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship in Malmo, Sweden.
The trio of freshmen will be the 22nd, 23rd and 24th Eagles under head coach Jerry York's watch to participate in the World Junior Championship.
USA Hockey still has one more cut to make to trim the roster to 23, but according to Team USA general manager Jim Johannson that will be from among the 14 forwards still remaining in contention.
"We are pleased to have settled on our three goaltenders and seven defensemen for the tournament," Johannson said in a release published by USA Hockey. "Due to a medical matter, we are still evaluating our forwards and expect to make a final decision by our first game on Dec. 26."
Of the 19 collegiate skaters on Team USA's roster, Boston College has placed the most delegates on the squad with three. Denver, Michigan, Minnesota and Notre Dame all have two skaters on the team.
McCoshen is tied for 46th in the country in points per game amongst defensemen with 0.56 ppg (3-6-9) and tied for 50th in the country against all freshmen. The 6-foot-2 rearguard also assisted in Team USA's exhibition against Sweden on Dec. 20.
Santini is tied for 23rd in Hockey East amongst both defensemen and first-year skaters with 0.46 ppg (2-4-6). Demko, the second youngest skater behind U.S. National Under-18 Team skater Jack Eichel, is tied for the 11th best winning percentage in the NCAA (.750). The San Diego, Calif., native is 4-1-1 with a 2.31 goals against average (26th in NCAA) and .911 save percentage (39th in the NCAA).
Boston College associate head coach Greg Brown is also in Sweden with the three Eagles, having been named assistant coach of the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team on March 23, 2013. Brown not only represented his country at the World Junior Championships in 1986 and 1987, he is also a two-time U.S. Olympian, having played for both the 1988 and 1992 U.S. Olympic men's ice hockey teams.
Miami University's Riley Barber has been named captain of the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team while University of Michigan's Andrew Copp and Boston University's Matt Grzelyck will serve as alternate captains.
Since 1981, 35 former Eagles have donned the red, white and blue for Team USA in the World Junior Championships, including current skaters Bill Arnold and Johnny Gaudreau. At last year's championship in Ufa, Russia, Gaudreau, helped lead Team USA to its third goal medal as the tournament's leading goal scorer with seven.
NHL Network U.S. will broadcast all Team USA games at the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship. Each game, outside of the Dec. 28 USA-Slovakia game, will then be replayed in primetime the same day at 7:00 p.m. ET. In addition, NHL.com will provide a free live stream of all Team USA games within the United States, as well as all scores and highlights from the tournament.
Team USA begins its quest for gold against the Czech Republic on Thursday, Dec. 26, at 11:30 a.m. (EST).