Ten Minnesotans are on the preliminary roster for the U.S. junior national hockey team, which will play in the world championships from Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Buffalo, N.Y.
Among the 28 players named are five players from UMD, including brothers Joey and Mikey Anderson of Roseville. Two Gophers, sophomore defenseman Ryan Lindgren of Minneapolis and freshman winger Casey Mittelstadt of Eden Prairie, are also on the roster.
Joey Anderson, a winger, and Lindgren were on the U.S. team that won a gold medal last January in Montreal. So were Lakeville’s Jake Oettinger, a goalie for Boston University, and Edina’s Kieffer Bellows, a forward who plays for Portland in the Western Hockey League, and they return as well.
The other UMD players on the current roster are sophomore forward Riley Tufte (Blaine) and freshmen defensemen Scott Perunovich (Hibbing) and Dylan Samberg (Hermantown). Mikey Anderson is also a freshman defenseman.
Sophomore center Ryan Poehling (Lakeville) of St. Cloud State is the 10th Minnesotan on the roster.
St. Cloud State’s Bob Motzko, who coached the previous U.S. team to gold, is the head coach again.
The 28 players will attend training camp Dec. 15-19 in Columbus, Ohio, then play pretournament games against Belarus on Dec. 20 in Jamestown, N.Y., and Sweden on Dec. 22 in Eric, Pa.
The roster will be narrowed to 23 players on Dec. 23.