Tournament starts on Dec. 26
Rochester, NY- USA Hockey announced its 22-player roster for the upcoming International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship and IceHogs winger Jeremy Morin and defenseman Nick Leddy both made the team.
The tournament, held in Buffalo, NY, will begin on Sunday, Dec. 26. Team USA opens play against Finland at 7 p.m. (CT) at Buffalo’s HSBC Arena.
The 19-year-old duo is the first two active IceHogs players to participate in the World Jr. Championships. The U.S. team is the defending tournament champions and Morin is one of eight players who skated on last year’s gold medal winning squad.
Morin has 11 points (7g-4a) in 19 games with Rockford in 2010-11. The Auburn, NY native has also played in nine games with the Chicago Blackhawks (NHL) and has 2g-1a-3pts with the parent club. Last season, Morin chipped in five assists during Team USA’s championship run.
Leddy has 2g-8a-10pts in 22 games for the IceHogs this season. The Eden Prairie, Minn. native began his first pro campaign with the Blackhawks and appeared in six games in Chicago, chipping in a goal. Last season Leddy played at the University of Minnesota where he played in 30 games with the Gophers and had 3g-8a-11pts.
Morin and Leddy are two of four AHL skaters on Team USA, joining Jerry D’Amigo (Toronto Marlies) and Kyle Palmieri (Syracuse Crunch).
For more information on Team USA and the IIHF World Jr. Championships, click here.
Next Home Game: Sunday, Dec. 26 vs. Milwaukee Admirals: Game time is slated for 7:05 p.m. Rockford returns from a seven-day Christmas break to take on the Admirals at the MetroCentre for the second time this season. The game is the third of 10 overall between the two clubs and the front end of a home-and-home series. Sunday is bring your own giveaway night as fans can exchange an unwanted Christmas gift for one brought by another fan at a table in the concourse.