December 5, 2016

Laczynski Named to Preliminary U.S. National Junior Team Roster


Dec. 5, 2016

USA Hockey WJC Website

Tanner Laczynski, a freshman on the No. 10-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team, has been named to the preliminary roster for the 2017 U.S. National Junior Team, USA Hockey announced Monday. A forward from Shorewood, Illinois, Laczynski leads the Buckeyes with 22 points and is second in the NCAA in points per game among freshmen this year.

From the preliminary roster of 27 players, 23 will be chosen to represent the United States in the 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship Dec. 26-Jan. 5, 2017, in Montreal and Toronto. The final roster is expected to be named by Dec. 24.

The U.S. will conduct training camps Dec. 16-20 at HarborCenter in Buffalo, New York, and Dec. 20-24 in Oshawa, Ontario. The U.S. will play pre-tournament games Dec. 21 against Switzerland at the Tribute Communities Centre in Oshawa, Ontario, and Dec. 23 against the Czech Republic at the Rogers K-Rock Centre in Kingston, Ontario.

Laczynski, through his first 15 collegiate games, has a 6-16-22 line, ranking second in the Big Ten in scoring. He is 10th nationally in points per game (1.47), ninth among NCAA skaters in assists per game (1.07) and second in the NCAA in rookie points per game. Laczynski has eight multiple point games this year, including in four of the last six games. He had a career-high three assists and four points in the Buckeyes’ win at Minnesota Saturday.

Five Buckeyes have skated for Team USA at the WJC — RJ Umberger and David Steckel both played in 2001 and ’02, Ryan Kesler also was a two-time participant (2003, ’04), Tom Fritsche competed in 2006 and Joseph Palmer was on the team in 2008.