USA Hockey announced this morning their US U-20 team for the upcoming IIHF World Junior Championships.
Named to the team is Biddeford native Brian Dumoulin as he was one of 22 players selected for the tournament which begins the day after Christmas in Buffalo, NY.For Dumoulin, a sophomore at Boston College, he will be the latest player from Maine named to the World Junior squad as Lisbon native Greg Moore played on the USA team winning gold medal in 2004.
Dumoulin has 10 points in 16 games with a plus-10 rating.
In the easier of the two groups where they should cruise through to the knockout stage of the tournament, the U.S. is considered heavy favorites to repeat as champions. Group A consist of Switzerland, Finland, Slovakia and Germany.
Once they get to the next round, they could be facing such nations as Russia, Sweden, Norway and the always strong team from Canada. Until last year when John Carlson, now with the Washington Capitals, scored the overtime winner for the US, Canada had won five straight goal medals.
The US will begin their quest with preliminary action starting on Dec. 26 at HSBC Arena in Buffalo when they face off against Finland.
NOTES: The Canadian National team will have a pair of potential future Portland Pirates as Zach Kassian and Marcus Foligno are on this year’s squad.