Five members of the Minnesota Duluth men’s hockey team have been named to Team USA’s preliminary roster for the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship Dec. 26, 2017-Jan. 5, 2018 in Buffalo, N.Y.
Sophomore wing Joey Anderson, a member of the 2017 U.S. National Junior Team that won gold last year in Canada, is joined by brother and Bulldogs freshman defenseman Mikey Anderson. Sophomore wing Riley Tufte is also on the preliminary roster along with freshmen defensemen Dylan Samberg and Scott Perunovich of Hibbing.
A total of 28 players — 15 forwards, 10 defensemen and three goaltenders — were named to the U.S. preliminary roster on Tuesday. Coach Bob Motzko, the St. Cloud State head coach who is in his second year with Team USA, brought 13 forwards, seven defensemen and three goaltenders to the World Juniors last year.
The Anderson brothers, Tufte and Samberg were part of the World Junior Summer Showcase in late July and early August that featured a series of exhibitions between the U.S., Canada, Sweden and Finland.
Perunovich has played his way into contention for a spot on the final U.S. National Junior Team roster based on his performance the last two months, totaling a UMD-best two goals and 10 assists in 17 collegiate games.
USA Hockey will hold a pre-tournament camp Dec. 15-19 in Columbus, Ohio, followed by pre-tournament games Dec. 20 against Belarus in Jamestown, N.Y. and Dec. 22 against Sweden in Erie, Penn.