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April 28, 2006

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey today named the first 15 players to its U.S. Men’s National Team that will compete at the 2006 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship in Riga, Latvia, May 5-21. The final Team USA roster, which will be comprised of three goaltenders and 20 skaters, will be announced in early May.

“I like the team we have put together so far,” said Paul Holmgren, general manager of Team USA and the assistant general manager of the National Hockey League’s Philadelphia Flyers. “We’ve got a number of players with World Championship experience as well as several younger guys that are likely going to be part of our program for many years to come.”

Team USA’s roster includes seven players that have previously played in the IIHF World Championship. The group includes defensemen Joe Corvo (Oak Park, Ill./Los Angeles Kings/2003) and Hal Gill (Concord, Mass./Boston Bruins/2000, 2001, 2004, 2005) and forwards Dustin Brown (Ithaca, N.Y./Los Angeles Kings/2004), Andy Hilbert (Lansing, Mich./Boston Bruins/2002, 2004), Ryan Malone (Pittsburgh, Pa./Pittsburgh Penguins/2004), Richard Park (Seoul, South Korea/Vancouver Canucks/2002, 2004, 2005) and Marty Reasoner (Honeoye Falls, Mich./Boston Bruins/2002, 2003).

In addition, seven players named are under the age of 25, including goaltenders Craig Anderson (Park Ridge, Ill./Chicago Blackhawks) and Jason Bacashihua (Garden City, Mich./St. Louis Blues); defenseman Andrew Alberts (Minneapolis, Minn./Boston Bruins); and forwards Brown, Ryan Kesler (Livonia, Mich./Vancouver Canucks), Jim Slater (Petosky, Mich./Atlanta Thrashers), and Drew Stafford (Milwaukee, Wis./University of North Dakota).

Rounding out the first group of players named is defenseman Brooks Orpik (San Francisco, Calif./Pittsburgh Penguins), who was a member of the U.S. National Junior Team at the 2000 IIHF World Junior Championship; and Mark Cullen (Moorhead, Minn./Chicago Blackhawks), who is making his debut with Team USA. Team USA will play with an exhibition game against Slovenia on May 2 at 12 p.m. EDT before beginning competition in the IIHF World Championship on May 5 at 9:15 a.m. EDT against Norway. The United States will play two additional preliminary round games against Denmark (May 7) and Canada (May 9) before advancing to qualification round action.

NOTES: All Team USA games will be audiocast live on usahockey.com with Clay Matvick calling the action … The average age of the first 15 players named to Team USA is 25.1 years old … Mike Eaves (Madison, Wis.), head men’s ice hockey coach of the 2006 NCAA champion University of Wisconsin Badgers, was named head coach of the 2006 U.S. Men’s National Team on April 12. Keith Allain (Centerville, Mass.), who was recently named the head men’s ice hockey coach at Yale University and Jay Leach (Snellville, Ga.), assistant coach of the Washington Capitals, will serve as the team’s assistant coaches.

Team USA 2006 IIHF World Championship Schedule
Riga, Latvia • May 5-21

Date Opponent Location/Arena Time (Local/EDT)
May 2 Slovenia* Jesenice, Slovenia 6:00 p.m./12:00 p.m.
May 5 Norway Arena Skonto 4:15 p.m./9:15 a.m.
May 7 Denmark Arena Skonto 4:15 p.m./9:15 a.m.
May 9 Canada Arena Skonto 8:15 p.m./1:15 p.m.
May 12-16 Qualification Round Arena Riga TBD
May 17-18 Quarterfinal Round Arena Riga TBD
May 20 Semifinal Round Arena Riga 4:15 p.m./9:15 a.m.
8:15 p.m./1:15 p.m.
May 21 Bronze Medal Game Arena Riga 4:15 p.m./9:15 a.m.
Gold Medal Game Arena Riga 8:15 p.m./1:15 p.m.

*exhibition game

2006 United States Men’s National Ice Hockey Team

GOALTENDERS (2)
No Name Ht (cm) Wt (kg) Birthdate S/C Birthplace Most Recent Team (League) College Team (if applicable)
31 Craig Anderson 6-2 (188) 182 (83) 5/21/81 L Park Ridge, Ill. Chicago Blackhawks (NHL)
33 Jason Bacashihua 5-11 (180) 175 (79) 9/20/82 L Garden City, Mich. St. Louis Blues (NHL)
 
DEFENSEMEN (4)
41 Andrew Alberts 6-4 (193) 215 (98) 6/30/81 L Minneapolis, Minn. Boston Bruins (NHL) Boston College
6 Joe Corvo 6-3 (191) 205 (93) 6/20/77 R Oak Park, Ill. Los Angeles Kings (NHL) Western Michigan University
25 Hal Gill 6-7 (201) 255 (116) 4/6/75 L Concord, Mass. Boston Bruins (NHL) Providence College
44 Brooks Orpik 6-2 (188) 228 (103) 9/26/80 L San Francisco, Calif. Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) Boston College
 
FORWARDS (9)
23 Dustin Brown 6-0 (183) 200 (91) 11/4/84 R Ithaca, N.Y. Los Angeles Kings (NHL)
8 Mark Cullen 5-11 (180) 191 (86) 10/28/78 L Moorhead, Minn. Chicago Blackhawks (NHL) Colorado College
9 Andy Hilbert 5-11 (180) 194 (88) 2/6/81 L Lansing, Mich. Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) University of Michigan
17 Ryan Kesler 6-2 (188) 205 (93) 8/31/84 R Livonia, Mich. Vancouver Canucks (NHL) The Ohio State University
12 Ryan Malone 6-4 (193) 216 (98) 12/1/79 L Pittsburgh, Pa. Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) St. Cloud State University
18 Richard Park 5-11 (180) 190 (86) 5/27/76 R Seoul, South Korea Vancouver Canucks (NHL)
11 Marty Reasoner 6-1 (185) 200 (91) 2/26/77 L Honeoye Falls, N.Y. Boston Bruins (NHL) Boston College
16 Jim Slater 6-0 (183) 190 (86) 12/9/82 L Petoskey, Mich. Atlanta Thrashers (NHL) Michigan State University
19 Drew Stafford 6-2 (188) 200 (91) 10/30/85 R Milwaukee, Wis. Univ. of North Dakota (WCHA) University of North Dakota

TEAM STAFF
General Manager: Paul Holmgren, Philadelphia, Pa.
Assistant General Manager: Jim Johannson, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Head Coach: Mike Eaves, Madison, Wis.
Assistant Coach: Keith Allain, Centerville, Mass.
Assistant Coach: Jay Leach, Snellville, Ga.
Team Leader: Bob Webster, Littleton, Colo.
Video Coordinator: Mark Osiecki, Verona, Wis.
Equipment Manager: Bert Godin, Chesterfield, Mo.
Equipment Manager: Derek Settlemyre, Pine Hill, N.J.
Athletic Trainer: Ray Barile, Ballwin, Mo.
Massage Therapist: Misha Manchik, Plantation, Fla.
Team Doctor: Bertram Zarins, M.D., Boston, Mass.
Media Relations: Dave Fischer, Colorado Springs, Colo.

USA HOCKEY, INC.
President: Ron DeGregorio, Salem, N.H.
Executive Director: Dave Ogrean, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Vice President and International Council Chairperson: Tony Rossi, Chicago, Ill.
Consultant International Department: Art Berglund, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Chairman of the Board: Walter L. Bush, Jr., Edina, Minn.