This is probably my favorite hockey event every year. Love seeing all the young talent playing together. With no NHL, I strongly encourage some of you hockey sharks who maybe haven't watched it before to check it out! It starts right after Christmas. Hopefully there will be some sharks watching the tournament
NHL Network airs all USA and Canada games, along with some various other games.
USA has a new head coach: Phil Housley (Saint Paul, Minnesota). He played about 20 years in the NHL and is currently the coach at Stillwater HS in Minnesota. USA Hockey is putting a lot of faith in him, and many have questioned having a high school coach take over the team. Although I think a change was needed after last year's horrible performance.
The Canadians have got to be the favorite, led by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jonathan Huberdeau. They will be a great team as always. You can also expect the Russians to have plenty of scoring ability and flare, like always.
Team USA's prelim roster includes 15 NCAA players:
Shayne Gostisbehere (Union), Matt Grzelcyk (Boston University), Jake McCabe (Wisconsin), Mike Reilly (Minnesota), Brady Skjei (Minnesota) and Jacob Trouba (Michigan), Cole Bardreau (Cornell), Riley Barber (Miami), John Gaudreau (Boston College), Rocco Grimaldi (North Dakota), Sean Kuraly (Miami), Mario Lucia (Notre Dame), Blake Pietila (Michigan Tech), and Jimmy Vesey (Harvard).